Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is being seen as a successor to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, was on Saturday spotted leaving from his residence in Patiala before AICC in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat’s arrival in Chandigarh.
Sources however said that Sidhu is going to his constituency Amritsar. But it is yet not confirm if he has left for Chandigarh or Amritsar. Rawat has left from Delhi on a helicopter and is set to land in Chandigarh around 12 pm.
The AICC in-charge of Punjab was recently quoted in media as saying that the cricketer-turned-politician could be made the party president and a peace formula to ensure that he and chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh were on the same page had been worked out.
However, as Rawat’s remark turned up political heat, he took a subtle U-turn after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “I didn’t say that Sidhu was becoming president. I was asked if he was, and I had said that a decision was being taken around what you are saying,” he said.
CM Amarinder, meanwhile, has opposed Sidhu’s promotion as the party chief with warnings to the party of chaos, terming him as unpredictable and unreliable.
According to the chief minister, the Amritsar MLA’s working style would hurt the Congress. “Old party members will be angry, and the Congress will be split due to this,” he said in a letter to Gandhi.
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