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Finally, Navjot Sidhu is Punjab Congress chief; four Working Presidents also appointed

Navjot Singh Sidhu. Photo: @sherryontopp/Facebook

New Delhi, July 18 (MNN) Putting an end to the political tug of war in the Punjab unit over the party leadership issue, the Congress on Sunday appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the PCC President in place of Sunil Jakhar.

Sangat Singh Gilqian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra were appointed Working Presidents of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by party chief Sonia Gandhi, All India Congress Committee General Secretary and party MP KC Venugopal said.

He said the party appreciated the contributions of outgoing PCC chief Sunil Jakhar.

Nagra, a party MLA from Punjab, has been relieved of his responsibility as AICC incharge of Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura.

On July 12, senior Congress leader Harish Rawat, who is incharge of Congress affairs in Punjab, had said that the state unit would have a new President though Chief Minister Amarinder Singh would remain in the post.

Rawat had said that there would be a reshuffle in the state Cabinet within 2-3 days.

Sidhu, a former Punjab Minister, had resigned from the BJP in September 2016 after his reported differences with the leadership of Shiromani Akali Dal, which was then a part of the National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP. His resignation from the party came two months after he had resigned from the Rajya Sabha.

Former cricketer and state ex-Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had, of late, opened a front against Amarinder on the issue of action, or lack of it, in sacrilege cases reported in Punjab in 2015 and subsequent related police firing on Sikh protesters.

His war of words came months ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections slated to be held in February-March 2022.

In the past, there were rumours that Sidhu could rejoin the BJP or even the AAP, though he maintained that he had no plans to leave the Congress. His appointment puts all recriminations and speculations over his political moves to rest, for the time being.

Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor tweeted: “Congratulations to Navjot Singh Sidhu @sherryontopp  on his appointment as President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. An important state party organisation must move forward under a dynamic leader, in the service of inclusive and progressive values.”

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