Rahul gives audience to Sidhu, the crisis of Congress in Punjab receives a new turn

NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: The clash between the head of the Punjab government, Captain Amarinder Singh and his faction rival Navjot Singh Sidhu, gave an interesting turn on Monday with the president of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, and the party's general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi, who chose to meet with the latter.

He met with the president of Congress, I handed him my letter, I informed him of the situation, wrote Sidhu, who had publicly protested having been stripped of the position of the local bodies, leaving little doubt about the purpose of his visit to the residence of Rahul. He managed the starting point by publishing a photograph of him with Rahul, Priyanka and Congress veteran Ahmed Patel.

The moment Rahul found Sidhu, who has positioned himself as a challenger for his CM, sparked speculation about the leaders' stance on the escalation of confrontation between Punjab leaders and, in particular, whether Capt. Amarinder has had the OK to change to Sidhu Department of local agencies when he shuffled the responsibilities of his ministerial team last week. Congress sources said Ahmed Patel was asked to resolve the issue in the interest of the party.

The central leadership and the CM Punjab often seem to disagree with Sidhu. While Amarinder and Sidhu seemed to have moved further during the Lok Sabha campaign, the central leadership remained lenient with the former cricketer.

Amarinder hit right after the polls when he made a change in Sidhu's ministerial responsibilities. If the exercise was intended to convey the message that Amarinder was the Captain, it was considered that Sidhu's public celebration of his meeting with the Gandhi brothers was intended to convey to him, with the same frankness, that he had the support of the central leadership.

While he has been in controversy since becoming a minister in the Amarinder government, Sidhu shook the CM recently when he indirectly accused him of having a nexus with Akali Dal.