- Sidhu can join Punjab government cabinet again
- Speculation intensified after meeting CM Amarinder Singh
- Tension was going on between the two big leaders of Punjab Congress
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Navjot Singh Siddhu at a mid-day meal, prompting speculation that the former cricketer may be re-inducted into the state cabinet.
The Chief Minister had in May last year accused Sidhu of ‘not handling the local government department properly’, claiming that this led to Congress ‘poor performance’ in urban areas in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Since then, there was tension in the relationship between the two leaders. During the cabinet reshuffle, important portfolios were taken from Sidhu, after which he resigned from the cabinet and he got away from all Congress activities.
Amarinder Singh invited Sidhu for lunch on Tuesday. According to the media advisor to the Chief Minister, the two leaders spent about an hour together at Amarinder Singh’s residence here and shared views on various matters. The Chief Minister’s media advisor tweeted, “Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu had a cordial meeting over the mid-day meal, in which important political matters of Punjab and national interest were discussed. The two leaders shared views on important matters during their time together for nearly an hour.
Congress general secretary Harish Rawat met Sidhu at his residence in Amritsar, after which he was seen at the Congress ‘tractor rally’ held in Moga last month. The rally took place against the new agricultural laws of the center. Rawat called Sidhu the ‘Rafale’ of the Congress. Rawat said that even the staunch critics of Sidhu cannot deny his usefulness.