Punjab Congress MPs meet in Delhi to discuss political situation

·3-min read

New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) Amid intra-party squabbling in Punjab, nine out of 11 Congress MPs from the state met at the residence of Partap Singh Bajwa here on Sunday and discussed the current political situation.

The meeting came amid indications that Navjot Singh Sidhu who has been having a running battle with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh could be made the party's state unit chief.

The MPs, however, said the meeting was convened to discuss the issues to be raised in the Monsoon Session of Parliament starting Monday.

Bajwa said he was not in the race for any position in the party.

'Any decision taken by party president Sonia Gandhi will be acceptable to all,' Bajwa told reporters when asked about the appointment of a new Pradesh Congress Committee chief.

'There are no differences within the Congress and issues are raised in any active party. The Congress will win the next assembly elections,' he said.

He said any internal matter would be discussed within the organisation and not in the media.

He said the meeting of MPs was convened in view of the Parliament session and to discuss the issues to be raised.

Amid the possibility of Sidhu's elevation, 11 MLAs on Sunday came out in support of Chief Minister Singh whom they called the 'tallest leader of masses' and appealed to the party high command not to let him down.

Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu, in the meantime, has stepped up his efforts and reached out to more party leaders and legislators for their support.

Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who is likely to lose his job in the revamp of the state unit, has called a meeting of party legislators and district unit presidents on Monday in Chandigarh to pass a resolution expressing support to any decision taken by Sonia Gandhi.

There have been a series of meetings in Chandigarh and elsewhere in Punjab, held by Singh and Sidhu separately, to work out last minute strategies ahead of the party revamp.

Singh has set some conditions before the party leadership for Sidhu's elevation as the state unit chief, which include Sidhu tendering a public apology for the attacks made against him.

Bajwa said there was no factionalism in the Punjab Congress and the high command has said that the elections would be fought under the leadership of the chief minister.

He said whoever the new PCC chief is, he will complement the chief minister to ensure the victory of the Congress party in the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab.

Bajwa has also thrown his hat in the ring, and he has held a series of meetings. These include one with the chief minister last evening, and some in the party are saying that if a Jat Sikh is to be made the PCC chief, then why not Bajwa, who has been a former president of Punjab Congress.

Lok Sabha member Manish Tewari tweeted a picture of the party MPs during the meeting and said Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from Punjab met to discuss the situation and issues of Punjab.

'All Congress MPs from Punjab discussed the party's strategy in the Monsoon session in raising issues like farmers' protest, delay in vaccinations and GST compensation and other issues related to the state,' Tewari told reporters.

'We will raise our anger in Parliament over farmers issue and the step-motherly treatment meted out towards Punjab. We have decided to move adjournment motions on farmers' issues in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha,' he said.

On Sidhu, he said it is an internal matter and will be discussed within the organisation at various party platforms.

The party MPs present at the meeting at Bajwa's residence were Preneet Kaur, Shamsher Singh Dullo, Ravneet singh Bittu, Gurjit Singh Aujla, Jasbir Singh Gill, Chaudhary Santokh singh and Mohammed Sadique, besides Tewari and Bajwa.

Rajya Sabha member Ambika soni could not attend the meeting due to health reasons while Lok Sabha member Amar Singh's flight got delayed, Tewari said. PTI SKC SMN SMN

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting