NEW DELHI: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday met Sonia Gandhi and said he will accept whatever decision the interim Congress president takes in the interest of the state. The Punjab CM, however, refused to make any comment on his differences with cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Amarinder Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads for quite some time now leading to a crisis in the Punjab Congress.
The party leadership is desperately trying to end factionalism in the state unit ahead of assembly elections next year.
“I had come to meet the Congress president, discussed internal matters of the party, Punjab development issue. Whatever decision she takes as far as Punjab is concerned, we are ready for it. We are totally geared up for the upcoming elections,” Amarinder Singh said.
However, when asked about his differences with Sidhu, the Punjab CM refused to comment.
“I don’t want to comment on Sidhu, I have come here to strengthen the party,” the Punjab chief minister said.
Sidhu, who has been vocal about his differences with the Punjab chief minister, had recently met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka in the national capital.
He had quit the Punjab ministry in 2019 after Amarinder Singh changed his portfolio.
Rahul Gandhi has been meeting senior leaders and elected representatives from Punjab to resolve the differences between the different factions.
Rahul’s meeting with Sidhu last week had assumed significance as the former Congress president had not met the Punjab CM when he was in the national capital to meet senior party leaders.
This led to talks of Sidhu finding favour with the Gandhis over Amarinder Singh.
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who was the head of the three-member panel formed by the party to resolve the Punjab crisis, was also present during today’s meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Amarinder Singh.

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