Punjab crisis: Sidhu to meet Chief Minister Channi at 3 pm; Captain Amarinder calls on NSA Doval


The move comes amid efforts to placate the former Punjab Congress chief, who resigned from his post a day earlier

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu. PTI

There seems to be no slowing down in the churning of Punjab politics.

On a day when former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday at 3 pm in Chandigarh, Amarinder Singh, the former chief minister, raised eyebrows again over his meet with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Sidhu, on Thursday said that he will meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi at 3 pm.

Taking to Twitter, Sidhu said, “Chief Minister has invited me for talks… will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 pm today, he is welcome for any discussions.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Channi had urged Sidhu to resolve his issues with the party.

Sidhu had earlier stated that he could not compromise with his ethics, moral authority and pointed out that he didn’t want a “repeat of a system of tainted leaders and officers in the state”.

Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on Tuesday.

Sidhu is reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab.

Sidhu was appointed as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on 23 July following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.

Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief has intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress and triggered discussions and deliberations in the party. A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts delivering.

This comes as a big blow to the Congress high command that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.

Meanwhile, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, who sparked speculations of joining the Bharatiya Janata Party after meeting Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday, met National Security Adviser Ajit Doval this morning.

The 79-year-old stalwart has kept the Congress on the edge, neither confirming nor denying that he is exploring his options after being forced to quit as Punjab Chief Minister on September 18, just four months before state polls.

After his one-hour meet with Amit Shah on Wednesday, the Captain said he had discussed the farm laws at the core of an 11-month farmers’ protest and ways to resolve the deadlock. He said he had urged Amit Shah to guarantee minimum support price to farmers and support Punjab in crop diversification.

His team called the meeting with Shah a “courtesy visit” and sources said he had not taken any decision on joining the BJP.

With inputs from ANI

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