Chandigarh: Worried about the prospects of the Punjab Congress crisis spinning out of control, the Congress high command told the Navjot Singh Sidhu camp that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will lead the party in the state assembly elections.
The statement came a day after the Sidhu camp aggravated the situation by calling for the CM’s removal and the high command sensed that a likely retaliatory action by the Amarinder side will jeopardize Congress’ electoral prospects.
“The Congress party functions by well-established traditions. Captain Amarinder Singh ji was elected as Punjab CM by the party leadership and he continues as the CM. So, we will contest 2022 Punjab elections under the leadership of Amarinder Singh Ji”, AICC (All India Congress Committee) general secretary in charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat, said.
On the demand for CM’s removal, Rawat said over the phone, “As PCC (Punjab Congress Committee) president, Navjot Singh Sidhu ji has the responsibility to keep the Punjab Congress united and strong and contribute to the party’s and the state government’s efforts to win the assembly polls”.
The dissent in Punjab Congress has resurfaced after Amarinder Singh recently slammed ‘anti-national’ remarks made by Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu’s advisors.