Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has invited his largest rival and critics inside the occasion, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu to his house for lunch tomorrow. The two are “expected to discuss state and national politics over the luncheon meeting,” tweeted Mr Singh’s media adviser whereas saying the unprecedented invite, which has raised hypothesis a few doable patch-up between the 2.
Elections are due within the state in 2022 and Mr Sidhu has a following each within the state and the occasion.
A minister in Mr Singh’s authorities, Mr Sidhu had stepped down final 12 months and in July, there was hypothesis about him becoming a member of the Aam Aadmi Party. Asked in regards to the matter, Mr Singh had given a agency “no”, saying “Navjot Sidhu is very much a part of our party”.
Known to be backed by Rahul Gandhi, Mr Sidhu had dropped off the radar since. In July, he surfaced to jot down to the Chief Minister in July, complaining in regards to the lack of improvement in Amritsar East — a part of Amritsar and the house turf of the Chief Minister.
The unprecedented invite comes because the brief lull in farmers’ protest is about to finish. Earlier immediately, the farmers had threatened to dam the freeway to Jammu and Kashmir after Haryana sealed its border.
“Haryana CM Khattar has sealed borders for Pb farmers to prove that Pb is not part of India. OK. We will peacefully block route to Himachal and J and K .Will start dharna on road,” tweeted Balbir Singh Rajewal, president of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal).
Mr Sidhu has been one of many key leaders visiting farmers for the reason that starting of the protest and is predicted to have affect over them — a vital level at this juncture.
The cricketer politician’s time period within the occasion, which he joined in 2017, has been largely unsatisfactory.
Not solely did he get the anticipated prominence – the put up of the deputy Chief Minister within the authorities, he additionally bumped into tough climate with Amarinder Singh after his go to to Pakistan the place pictures of hello hugging the military chief introduced large condemnation at house.
Mr Singh and Mr Sidhu have been at odds since.
Sources within the occasion now say Mr Sidhu is aspiring for the highest put up within the occasion or the federal government — which might be some extent of recent rift between the 2.