Have decks been cleared for the re-induction of Navjot Singh Sidhu into the Punjab Cabinet after a ‘tea’ meeting with the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday? If optics are anything to go by, the answer could be in the affirmative.
As soon as the 50 minute-long meeting held at the CM’s residence ended, the Media adviser to the Chief Minister, Raveen Thukral shared a picture of the two leaders smiling with a caption, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Soon after, the photo was shared by many Congress leaders and also the Punjab Congress Twitter handles fuelling speculations that a truce had been arrived at between the two and Sidhu could well be on way back into the state Cabinet.
This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Sidhu resigned from Cabinet in 2019. Sidhu was accompanied by Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi to the CM’s residence but sources said that the meeting by and large was a one-on-one affair.
Officially, the neither the CM’s office nor the party has made any comment on the outcome of the meeting but sources indicated that the re-induction of Sidhu into the Cabinet seemed quite likely with him being offered two portfolios of his interest.
Sidhu refused to talk to the waiting media crew but soon after tweeted, ‘Azad Raho Vicharoan Se Lekin Badhe Raho Sanskaroan Se.. Tankee Aas Aur Vishwas rahe Kirdaroan pe’.