Chandigarh: In a bid to ostensibly mitigate the rot Punjab Congress is afflicted by, party general secretary in charge of the state, Harish Rawat met state Congress chief Navjot Singh here on Tuesday. Rawat would call on Sidhu’s bete noire CM Amarinder Singh at noon today.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Rawat who has been at loggerheads with Sidhu over throwing his weight behind the chief minister as the face of the party in the upcoming elections, allayed speculations of any internal squabble in the party.
“Elections are approaching, some committees have to be formed. So, it was my duty to meet the PCC chief and his team for discussions. I’m thankful to Sidhu ji, he said that he will gear up almost all the processes within 15 days,” Rawat said and referred to Sidhu and his team of four working presidents as Panj Pyare, a term that has drawn flak for hurting religious sentiments.
And Rawat elaborated, “As far as I know, Navjot Singh Sidhu is the first PCC chief who held a meeting with all frontal organisations and others to find out that where are they facing problems in their functions and how it can be resolved.’
The Congress high command is finding it irksome to broker a truce between the CM and the state party chief ahead of the polls. Though Rawat and other senior leaders scotch reports of any internal rift, the two warring factions seem to be in no mood to bury the hatchet.