Navjot Singh Sidhu likely to be named Punjab Congress chief: Sources

Prime News, National, Politics, Elections, Chandigarh, July 15:- Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to be appointed as chief of the Congress’ Punjab unit shortly, sources said Thursday afternoon, as the party closes in on a formula to quell the intense infighting that has endangered its campaign for next year’s Assembly election.

Sidhu, whose long-running feud with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was the highlight of the infighting, will replace Sunil Jakkar, with two other leaders likely to be named Working Presidents – one from the Dalit community and the other a Hindu face.

As part of the compromise, Amarinder Singh will also overhaul his Council of Ministers, with Charanjit Channi and Gurpreet Kangar among those likely to be sacked. Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh and MLA and Dalit leader Raj Kumar Verka are among the three or four new faces expected.

Representation of the Dalit community was one of the demands put forward by MLAs last month to the three-member committee set up by party chief Sonia Gandhi to resolve this issue.

The committee met both leaders as part of its deliberations.

News of a compromise between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu comes a week after the Chief Minister met party chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi.

After the meeting, he said he would accept “whatever decision is taken by the Congress high command” – comments seen as a significant step towards settling his feud with Sidhu. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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