Congress To Contest Punjab Assembly Polls Under Amarinder Singh's Leadership, Says Harish Rawat

AICC basic secretary Harish Rawat on Wednesday stated the subsequent 12 months’s Punjab Assembly polls will likely be fought underneath the management of CM Amarinder Singh, delivering a snub to ministers within the Navjot Singh Sidhu camp who need the CM changed. 

“Navjot Singh Sidhu comes from a different background. We made him the Punjab Congress president with an eye on future. But that doesn’t mean the entire party has been left to him,” Rawat stated in Dehradun the place 4 disgruntled ministers and three social gathering MLAs met him.

The Punjab Congress has no dearth of leaders, Rawat informed reporters stated. “Sidhu ji is there, Amarinder Singh is there, Rajinder Singh Bajwa is there Sukhjindher Randhava is there and above all a stalwart like Ambika Soni is there. They will all be taken into confidence to resolve the issue,” he stated.

Punjab ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Charanjit Singh Channi in addition to a number of Congress MLAs had on Tuesday sought the CM’s elimination, saying he did not fulfil some key ballot guarantees.

The announcement by Rawat, who’s the in-charge of Punjab affairs on the AICC, is being seen as a setback to the dissident leaders.

There isn’t any risk to the Amarinder Singh-led authorities in Punjab and the social gathering’s victory prospects for the upcoming Assembly elections, Rawat stated. Before assembly the Congress leaders at a resort, Rawat stated, “We will fight the (Punjab) elections in 2022 under the leadership of Amarinder Singh.” After the assembly, Rawat stated the Congress leaders informed him that they weren’t in opposition to any particular person however had been involved about profitable prospects of the social gathering within the Assembly polls.

Asked whether or not they sought alternative of the CM, Rawat stated no matter dialogue happened is just not meant for sharing with the media. The legislators introduced up a matter to which an answer will likely be present in session with social gathering leaders, he stated.

Rawat additional confused, “If any Congress MLA feels insecure and feels that the administration could work against him, it is worrisome.” However, he stated if somebody is upset with anybody, then it shouldn’t are available in the best way of the Congress and confused that it is vital for the social gathering to struggle the polls unitedly. The Congress leaders assured that they’ve full religion within the social gathering excessive command, stated Rawat, including that he informed them he would speak to folks involved if want arises.

To a query that some ministers are upset with the CM, he stated, “It happens. It is possible. They came here as I could not go there.” Rawat stated he’ll go to Delhi within the subsequent one or two days and meet senior social gathering leaders. After the assembly, Punjab Cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi informed reporters that Rawat was satisfied with the problems raised by them.

“We brought Punjab issues which still remain unresolved and he (Rawat) heard us and told us that he will take up the issues with the high command,” he stated. “We are going back on his assurance,” Channi added, stressing that if the social gathering excessive command calls them, they’ll go to Delhi.

Whatever determination the social gathering excessive command takes, they’ll go by it, he stated. “We stand by what happened yesterday,” he replied to a query.

The Congress MLAs who accompanied the ministers to Dehradun had been Kulbir Singh Zira, Surjit Dhiman and Barindermeet Singh Pahra. Earlier within the day, Congress MP Preneet Kaur slammed the disgruntled leaders and held state social gathering chief Navjot Singh Sidhu liable for the present scenario.

Kaur, who’s Amarinder Singh’s spouse, requested those that have raised a banner of revolt in opposition to the chief minister to chorus from doing it because it was “damaging” the social gathering forward of the Assembly polls.


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