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Punjab Congress Crisis Ends? Navjot Sidhu To Remain State Party President, Says Harish Rawat


New Delhi: Navjot Singh Sidhu will remain Punjab Congress President and set up organisational structure, Punjab affairs in charge Harish Rawat said on Thursday.

“Navjot Sidhu has clearly stated that the decision of the Congress President will be acceptable to him. The instructions are clear that Navjot Sidhu should work as Punjab Congress President & set up organisational structure. An announcement will be made tomorrow,” he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Sharing similar sentiments, Navjot Singh Sidhu said: “I expressed my concerns regarding Punjab and Punjab Congress to party high-command. I have full faith in Congress president, Priyanka Ji and  Rahul Ji. Whatever decision they take, it will be for the betterment of Congress and Punjab. I’ll follow their directions”.

Earlier in the day, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived at the AICC office, to discuss organisational matters pertaining to Punjab Congress.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) in charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat had assured that a solution will emerge soon, adding that certain things take time to get resolved. “Navjot Singh Sidhu and Charanjit Channi have spoken on some issues, a solution will emerge…there are some things that take time,” Rawat said, as quoted by ANI. 

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His remarks came while speaking to the media after holding a meeting with Navjot Singh Sidhu and party general secretary KC Venugopal.

Navjot Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. But his resignation was not accepted by the party.

Sidhu, after his resignation, had said he will always stand by party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. However, his resignation as state party chief intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress as a minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts.

This had come as an unexpected blow to Congress that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Punjab unit after settling the leadership issue caused by the feud between Sidhu and Amarinder Singh.

Sidhu was made PCC chief by Congress leadership in July amid infighting in Punjab Congress, the feud only intensified leading to Captain Amarinder Singh stepping down from the post of Punjab Chief Minister.

Charanjeet Singh Channi took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab on September 20.

(With Agency Inputs)

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