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Punjab Congress crisis: Navjot Singh Sidhu to meet CM Channi for talks; resolution underway?

In a tweet shared on Thursday, Sidhu said that he will meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi at 3 pm in Punjab Bhawan.

Punjab Congress crisis: Navjot Singh Sidhu to meet CM Channi for talks; resolution underway?-dnm
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Chandigarh, First Published Sep 30, 2021, 2:00 PM IST
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While Congress seems to be in the midst of appeasing Navjot Singh Sidhu to come back, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has invited the former cricketer turned politician to meet him for talks at 3 pm on Thursday.

In a tweet shared on Thursday, Sidhu said that he will meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi at 3 pm in Punjab Bhawan.

Taking to Twitter, Sidhu said, "Chief Minister has invited me for talks... will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 pm today, he is welcome for any discussions."

Two days ago, Sidhu sent his resignation to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over his disagreement over the inductions in Channi's cabinet and appointments of certain top administrative posts.

Earlier in the day, his advisor Mohammed Mustafa said the issues will be resolved soon. Sidhu will "stay as Punjab Congress chief and lead the Congress in next year's election," Mustafa was quoted by NDTV as saying.

"The Congress leadership understands Navjot Sidhu and Sidhu is not beyond the Congress leadership. He is not Amarinder Singh, who never cared for the Congress and its leadership," he said, adding that Sidhu "acts emotionally at times" and the Congress leadership "understands" it.

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On Wednesday, Channi had urged Sidhu to resolve issues within the party.

Navjot Singh Sidhu was appointed as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on July 23 following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.

His resignation comes as a big blow to the Congress high command as it is trying to pacify the political crisis in Punjab while backing him against Amarinder Singh, who had to quit as Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who raised eyebrows with his meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah twice and raised speculations of joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, met National Security Adviser Ajit Doval this morning.

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