As per sources, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh called Sonia Gandhi and expressed his dissatisfaction over not being kept in the loop regarding the legislative party meeting on Saturday. He said he would step down as CM if the Congress continued to sideline him.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh called Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Saturday and expressed his dissatisfaction at not being kept in the loop regarding the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting to be held on Saturday. He said he is not interested in continuing as the chief minister if the Congress continues to sideline him, as per sources.
On Friday night, senior Congress leader Harish Rawat stated that the party had received “representation” from many of its MLAs in the state to “immediately convene” a CLP meeting, which will take place at the Punjab Congress’ headquarters in Chandigarh at 5 pm.
This comes after months of factionalism within the Punjab Congress, with CM Amarinder Singh heading one camp and Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu leading the other.
During the key meeting, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s faction may put forward the name of either Navjot Singh Sidhu or former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar to be the next chief minister, as per sources.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has been talking to his MLAs since Friday night to form a strategy for the meeting. They are reportedly planning to ensure at least 60 MLAs vote in favour of Captain Amarinder Singh during the meet.
The faction that loses favour during the meeting will have to give up its leadership of the Punjab Congress, as per sources.
‘NOT A QUESTION OF EGO’: PARGAT SINGH
Punjab Congress’ general secretary and MLA Pargat Singh stated on Saturday that the meeting had been called after Congress members of the legislative assembly of Punjab wrote a letter to the party high command requesting the same.
“It is not a question of anyone’s ego. The MLAs have been demanding this meeting for a long time, but it had not yet taken place,” he said.
Pargat Singh also claimed that there is no factionalism within the Punjab Congress and that no agenda had been given to the MLAs before the meeting. The MLAs have simply been asked to come to the office and participate in the CLP meeting, he said.