The luncheon assembly of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu — his largest rival and critic throughout the get together — has given rise to hypothesis that the cricketer-turned-politician is perhaps supplied a seat within the cupboard once more. The Chief Minister had maintained that Mr Sidhu, inducted within the get together from the BJP simply three years in the past, can’t be elevated to the put up of the state president for now.
Mr Sidhu, who was a minister in Amarinder Singh’s authorities, stepped down final 12 months and had gone on a self-imposed exile.
The rift between the 2 leaders in Punjab — one of many few states dominated by the Congress — was seen as a complication for the get together, with solely two years to go earlier than the subsequent meeting elections.
Mr Sidhu had been vocal concerning the farmers’ protest, and a few of his criticism has been directed at his personal get together’s authorities within the state.
So following intervention by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat — appointed get together in-charge within the state by the get together’s prime management to bridge the hole — a rapprochement was tried.
Over the final month, Mr Sidhu had prevented any criticism of the Chief Minister and even supported his march towards the farm legal guidelines in Delhi.
Today’s assembly between the 2, held at Mr Singh’s official residence was “warm and cordial”, the place the 2 leaders spent a “pleasant hour” discussing a bunch of “important political matters of Punjab and national interest”, the Chief Minister’s media advisor mentioned.
Though backed by Rahul Gandhi, Mr Sidhu’s time period within the get together has thus far been unsatisfactory.
Not solely did he get the anticipated prominence – the put up of the deputy Chief Minister within the authorities – after the Congress victory within the meeting elections, he additionally bumped into hassle with Amarinder Singh after his go to to Pakistan. Images of his hugging the Pakistan military chief introduced big condemnation at house and had upset the Chief Minister, who was an officer within the Indian military.