AICC Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat said on Wednesday that the Punjab Assembly elections in 2022 will be fought under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder, amid demands for Amarinder Singh’s removal. Four ministers and three MLAs of the party who reached Dehradun met the former CM of Uttarakhand, after which Rawat made this announcement.
After the meeting, Rawat said, “There is no threat to the party and the government, adding that the ministers and MLAs only put forth their grievances with the functioning of the Punjab government and they can get into trouble with anyone.”
Rawat said, “The MLAs have said that they have full faith in the party and the high command. I will talk to the people concerned about their grievances and if needed I will also talk to the party high command.” He also said, “We should work together for the party. If there is already some damage, we will try to find a solution.”
Punjab cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who was part of the Congress delegation that met Rawat, said, “We had a positive meeting with Harish Rawat. He will talk to the high command. We are satisfied with what Harish Rawat has promised.” Whatever the high command decides, we will go with it.”
Speaking to News18 earlier in the day, Rawat had said that Amarinder Singh himself had welcomed Congress chief Navjot Sidhu and the decision on promotion was not taken without the approval of the Punjab CM.
“The captain had welcomed the decision of the high command. I will try to resolve the matter. If I am unable, I will bring it to the notice of the Congress leadership in Delhi,” he said.
Punjab Congress MLA Pargat Singh said that there is displeasure among the MLAs due to non-redressal of issues. “I suggest that the Congress high command should convene a meeting of all the MLAs under the supervision of AICC observer and CM and take a decision after discussing with them,” he said.
Pargat Singh further said, “Definitely some people have gone to Delhi and I will also go there. There is no problem in that. We should not dilute the issues. Captain Amarinder Singh is our CM and we don’t disagree with it, but work is done.” Gotta do it.”
Rawat further said that when changes were being made to the PCC, he was not aware of the potential issues that might come up. “We will find a solution. Everyone has faith in Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. We will look into the matter and try to resolve it.”
The tussle between the two leaders intensified on Tuesday between four cabinet ministers and several party MLAs, openly advocating for the removal of the CM, saying he could not fulfill some key election promises.
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