After Navjot Singh Sidhu took over as state party president last month, this was Amarinder Singh’s first meeting with Sonia Gandhi. The discussion lasted an hour.
Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Leader Minister, visited interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, expressing his “angst” at recently appointed state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s frequent attacks on his government. This was their first encounter since Sidhu assumed the role of state party president last month. The discussion lasted an hour.
Though Harish Rawat, Punjab’s in-charge of party affairs, told the media that the two leaders talked about the upcoming state assembly elections, sources say Capt Amarinder conveyed his displeasure with Sidhu’s assaults during his meetings with leaders and workers throughout the state.
“There isn’t a schism between them. The president was briefed on the chief minister’s actions on PPAs, the fight on the drug mafia, and other state concerns,” Rawat said to the media.
According to sources, Amarinder informed the party president that Sidhu needed to be reined in since his repeated assaults on the administration will hurt the party’s chances in the state assembly elections.
According to sources, the two also discussed reorganizing the cabinet. “Given the chemistry between the CM and the PCC leader, the rejig will be a tough task. That is why, in order to include all parties in the process, a comprehensive discussion is required,” stated a Congress leader.
Meanwhile, Amarinder Singh’s media advisor, Raveen Thukral, tweeted that the meeting with Sonia Gandhi was “pleasant,” citing the chief minister.
“In Delhi last evening, I met with @INCIndia president #SoniaGandhi Ji to address several state-related problems. I spent an hour with her that was really enjoyable.”
Amarinder held lengthy conversations with poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who had recently resigned from his job as the chief minister’s advisor, before his meeting with Sonia Gandhi.
Before traveling to Delhi, the Punjab chief minister met with state leaders to brief them on the actions he had taken in preparation for the upcoming state assembly elections.