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'Your Win is my Win': Amarinder Strikes Reconciliatory Tone During Meet with Sidhu

Navjot Sindhu was recently made Congress's Punjab chief after days of feuding with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Navjot Sindhu was recently made Congress's Punjab chief after days of feuding with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

The meeting is being seen as yet another attempt to ‘tone down’ the acrimony between the two leaders.

First time since taking over as Punjab Congress chief last week, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday visited Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at the civil secretariat.

The cricketer-politician was accompanied by four newly-elected working presidents of the state unit - Kuljit Singh Nagra, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny and Pawan Goel. Sources said Sidhu had sought time for the meeting to discuss ‘coordination’ between the state unit and the government. The meeting is being seen as yet another attempt to ‘tone down’ the acrimony between the two leaders.

Stressing the need to work closely together in the interest of the party, the chief minister told the Punjab Congress president and working presidents that “your win is my win and our win is the party’s win, and we need to work together in the interest of the state and its people,” in a clear tone of reconciliation.
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Amarinder had earlier declared that he would not meet Sidhu till he publicly apologised for his “derogatory” remarks against him. But after intervention of the party high command, he not only attended the installation ceremony of Sidhu but also threw a tea party for the MLAs, including Sidhu.

Party sources said that for implementation of the 18-point agenda before the assembly elections, it was imperative that the two come on the same page and hence the latest meeting. The meeting was also attended by state finance minister Manpreet Badal and another senior minister, Brahm Mohindra.

Even as Sidhu handed over a letter demanding action on an 18-point agenda, the chief minister told him that all the key issues raised by them were already in advanced stages of resolution by his government, and that he had been working on them in close coordination with the party.
Noting that his government had already implemented most of the promises made to the people in the 2016 party election manifesto, the chief minister told the party’s state leadership that the other pending issues were also being resolved.
The Chief Minister offered to meet the PPCC leaders on regular basis to ensure better coordination between the government and the party.

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first published:July 27, 2021, 16:40 IST