Days forward of a gathering with Sonia Gandhi on the rising dissent in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh seems to have gained over his greatest critic, Partap Singh Bajwa.
Mr Bajwa, a Rajya Sabha MP, is learnt to have “sealed” a compromise with Amarinder Singh, aka “Captain”, his long-time rival and goal. But Mr Bajwa formally denied studies of a secret assembly with the Chief Minister and mentioned his variations with him have been “issue-based, not personal”.
“We are part of a family. If I invite him, I will inform everyone,” the Congress MP advised reporters right this moment.
Sources mentioned the 2 leaders met in Chandigarh final week and the Chief Minister was lastly in a position to get Mr Bajwa in his nook within the struggle towards Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Amarinder Singh has been holding conferences with MLAs and MPs over the previous few days to try to deal with dissent forward of the Punjab election subsequent 12 months. Another motive for pacifying his detractors is a gathering with Sonia Gandhi, the place the Amarinder Singh versus Navjot Sidhu feud is more likely to be the primary agenda.
Mr Bajwa’s help is vital as his relentless criticism and assaults have been among the many best ache factors for the Chief Minister up to now few years. Mr Bajwa has additionally been a rallying level for rebels within the state. His youthful brother Fateh Jung Bajwa is a Congress MLA.
Earlier this month, the Congress known as its Punjab leaders, MPs and MLAs to Delhi for a sequence of conferences to provide you with a means of resolving the disaster.
A 3-member panel tasked with recommending an answer mentioned that Amarinder Singh ought to keep Chief Minister in Punjab however Mr Sidhu ought to be “suitably accommodated” with a much bigger function within the celebration.
Reports counsel that the Chief Minister has been proof against the thought of any massive function for his rival both in his cupboard – as Deputy – or within the celebration organisation.
Mr Sidhu give up the Punjab cupboard in 2019 when he his ministry was downgraded. After a protracted sulk, he as soon as once more began focusing on the Chief Minister after the Punjab authorities suffered a authorized setback in a 2015 case involving the desecration of the Sikh spiritual textual content Guru Granth Sahib and police firing throughout peaceable protests.
The assaults changed into a full-fledged revolt towards Mr Singh.
Mr Bajwa is seen to be in Mr Sidhu’s camp. “When Navjot Sidhu was coming to the Congress, the senior Punjab leadership was creating hurdles and wanted to stop his entry. I had intervened and recommended that he would be an asset to the party. He is like my brother,” he mentioned.
On Mr Sidhu’s elevation, he added: “No Colonel can become General overnight. The most capable Colonel will also have to wait for some time. We have left this to the party high command, we will accept their decision. I have also clarified that I am not a candidate for any post.”