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Navjot Singh Sidhu’s show of strength at Golden Temple, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh snubbed

 In what seemed to be an attempt of show of strength, Navjot Singh Sidhu invited around 50 MLAs and Ministers for his visit to the temple and the suspense over a possible truce between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and him deepened further.

Navjot Singh Sidhus show of strength at Golden Temple Punjab CM Amarinder Singh snubbed-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 21, 2021, 1:12 PM IST
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The newly-appointed president of Punjab Congress, Navjot Singh Sidhu, was given an overwhelming welcome by the Amritsar unit of the party at the Golden Gate—the entrance of the holy city.

In what seemed to be an attempt of show of strength, Navjot Singh Sidhu invited around 50 MLAs and Ministers for his visit to the temple and the suspense over a possible truce between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and him deepened further.

With both leaders sticking to their stance even as a close aide of the CM brushed aside as “rumours” reports of Sidhu seeking an appointment with him.

“Reports of @sherryontop seeking time to meet @capt_amarinder are totally false. No time has been sought whatsoever. No change in stance… CM won’t meet #NavjotSinghSidhu till he publicly apologises for his personally derogatory social media attacks against him,” media advisor to CM, Raveen Thukral, tweeted.  

However, a set of prominent Congress leaders, aligned to CM Capt. Amarinder Singh kept away from the reception at the Golden Temple.

While Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa is organising the show for Sidhu, several legislators said Amarinder’s aides were calling them up asking them to refrain from attending the event.

The situation is reminiscent of a similar scenario on the day when Sidhu was named the state party chief. While Sidhu’s predecessor Sunil Jakhar had called a meeting of MLAs on Monday, CM’s aides had started calling up legislators to skip it.

Ending days of anticipation and tussle within the state party unit, Sonia Gandhi on Sunday evening appointed MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

This decision by the party's interim president comes as a major setback to Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and several other party leaders, who had unanimously opposed the decision to elevate Sidhu in the state unit ahead of the 2022 state Assembly elections.

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