The crisis in Punjab’s Congress intensified with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh demanding an apology from Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The reconciliation formula by the Congress high authority has not reached its mark when it comes to Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
On July 20, Raveen Thukral, the media advisor, refuted the reports, which stated that Navjot Singh had met with the chief minister of Punjab.
He said that there is no change in the stance between the two, and the chief minister would not meet Navjot Singh Sidhu until he publicly apologizes for his derogatory remarks against the chief minister on social media.
Navjot Singh Sidhu had posted over 150 tweets in the past two months against the chief minister of Punjab. He alleged that Amarinder Singh had failed to fulfill promises made during the election polls and to curb the mafia activities.
These tweets helped Navjot Singh Sidhu gain the spotlight of the higher authority of the Congress and the opponents of Amarinder Singh.
However, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s camp is not in favor of the apology. It believes an apology will tarnish the image of the newly-elected president of the state.
Around sixty congress members had arrived at the residence of Navjot Singh Sidhu to journey towards the Golden Temple, Ram Tirath, and Durgiana Temple in Amritsar to showcase the strength of the camp.
The camp believes that since he is the president of the Punjab Congress Committee, it would not be feasible for him to issue an apology, as it will exacerbate the crisis in the state between the chief minister and the president.
Pargat Singh, the close aide of Navjot Singh Sidhu, said that the chief minister should apologize for not fulfilling the agendas promised during the election poll.
Another incident where the chief minister had reconciled with his rivals, including Partap Singh Bajwa and Sukhpal Khaira, was brought to light by Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.
They asked that despite his rivals criticizing the chief minister, he had reconciled with them and why is he not negotiating with Navjot Singh Sidhu?
The camp of Navjot Singh Sidhu had raised concerns over the relations between the two. The MLAs said that they had received congratulatory messages from Congress members of neighboring states but had not received any message from the chief minister.
In a show of strength, Navjot Singh Sidhu had invited seventy-seven members of the Congress to join him on a journey to Golden Temple after he was appointed as the president. Only sixty-two members joined him at his residence.
This included Inderbir Bolaria, Barinder Dhillion, Raja Warring, Harminder Gill, Dr. Raj Kumar Verka, Harjot Kamal, Joginder Pal, and others.
The Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman RP Singh tweeted, stating “Sidhu 62, Caption 15”. Senior Cabinet Minister Brahm Mohindra of the Congress came to support the chief minister, saying he will not meet Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The tussle between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu heated when Congress leader Sonia Gandhi appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the president of the Punjab unit of the party. Sonia Gandhi also appointed four working presidents alongside Navjot Singh Sidhu to assist him.