Amid reports of factionalism in the Punjab Congress, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday met party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge was also present in the meeting.
Soon after the meeting the Singh said that the state is ready for elections. “I had come to meet the Congress president, discussed internal matters of the party, Punjab development issue. Whatever decision she takes as far as Punjab is concerned, we are ready for it. We are totally geared up for the upcoming elections.”
On Sidhu Captain said, “I don’t want to comment on Sidhu, I have come here to strengthen the party.”
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was present during the meeting along with senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge who headed the party panel set up to resolve the infighting in the Punjab Congress.
The meeting assumes significance as the party high command has been trying to resolve the internal rift in the Punjab unit of the Congress and there is talk of its revamp, with just months to go for the assembly polls.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been at loggerheads with the chief minister, attacking him on issues like the alleged delay in the completion of a probe into the 2015 desecration of Sikh texts and the subsequent police firing on protesters.
Earlier, the cricketer-turned-politician had met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.