Punjab Congress Crisis Highlights: Loyalists too have abandoned party, Kapil Sibal expresses grave concern over leadership vacuum

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Updated: September 29, 2021 4:45:58 pm

Punjab Congress Crisis: Navjot Singh Sidhu quit as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, triggering other resignations and plunging the party into a fresh crisis.

Navjot Singh Sidhu quit as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, triggering other resignations and plunging the party into a fresh crisis.

In an attempt to resolve the new crisis faced by the state government following the resignation by Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Punjab Congress chief, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is holding a state cabinet meeting. Sidhu’s resignation on Tuesday triggered other resignations, plunging the party into a fresh crisis just months ahead of the assembly elections.

Hours after his resignation, Razia Sultana, a part of the new 18-member ministry led by Charanjit Singh Channi, too put in her papers, expressing solidarity with the former cricketer. Punjab Congress general secretary Yoginder Dhingra and treasurer Gulzar Inder Chahal followed with their resignations. Amid a flurry of political activity, several state Congress leaders visited Sidhu at his home in Patiala.

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    16:23 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    We don't know who is taking decisions in party: Kapil Sibal

    In our party, there is no president so we don't know who is taking these decisions. We know & yet we don't know: Congress leader Kapil Sibal

    16:08 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Kapil Sibal lashes out at Congress' top leadership

    The irony ios that those whom they concerned loyalists have left the party, and those whom they did not trust are still with them: Kapil Sibal lashes out on top leadership

    16:06 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Kapil Sibal expresses grave concern over leadership crisis

    Mass exodus of leaders from the party, need to urgently figure out what to do next: Kipal Sibal expresses concern over leadership crisis

    14:53 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Kejriwal attacks Punjab govt over sacrilege, corruption charges

    People of Punjab are upset over Bargari (sacrilege) case. Mastermind of the case, I don't need to say who he's, didn't get any punishment so far. Channi sahab should read Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh's report, he'll find the names. They can be arrested within 24 hrs: Arvind Kejriwal

    14:18 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Called him and told him party is supreme: Charanjit Channi

    Whoever is party president, is head of the family. I had called him (Navjot Singh Sidhu) & told him that the party is supreme... I have spoken to him on phone and told him let's sit, talk it out and resolve the issue: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Sidhu's resignation

    14:06 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    I have no ego, says Charanjit Singh Channi

    I have no ego on any issue but I will continue to fight for the welfare of the state: Charanjit Singh Channi

    13:56 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Asked Sidhu to meet and iron out differences: CM Channi

    I spoke to Navjot Sidhu on phone and if he finds any problems, he should come and discuss: Channi

    13:45 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    State govt to bear pending electricity bills of upto 2 kv connections: Chanranjit Channi

    Pending power bills of consumers of upto 2 kv will be paid by the government, says Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi after chairing a cabinet meeting.

    13:11 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Sidhu leaving the party doesn't affect Congress' prospects: Jasveer Singh Kamboj

    One man (Navjot Singh Sidhu) leaving/joining the party doesn't affect our prospects to win the election, Congress will form the govt again...What he did is no less than betrayal...: Jasveer Singh Kamboj, Congress on Sidhu's resignation as Punjab chief

    He was chosen over Sunil Jakhar, who worked all his life for Congress. If he (Sidhu) is still not happy, then he can never be happy...Situation in Punjab is a bit disturbing. Gandhi family posed a lot of faith in him and then he did this..: Jasveer Singh Kamboj
    11:22 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    CM Charanjit Channi holds state cabinet meeting
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    11:05 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Fighting for a cause, won't compromise on moral grounds: Navjot Singh Sidhu

    Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he is fighting for a cause and he will not compromise on those grounds. "My 17 years of political career is for a cause. My objective in politics is to improve the lives of people in Punjab, to make a difference and to stand firm on my objectives," Sidhu said in a video statement on Twitter.

    11:04 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    The gentleman can answer for himself: Manish Tewari on Sidhu's resignation

    The gentleman (Sidhu) can answer for himself. I'm in no position or neither would I like to articulate or second guess a question that can be best addressed by him: Congress MP from Punjab Manish Tewari on resignation by Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress president

    All I'm saying is, someone who cut his teeth on trench lines on fight against terrorism in Punjab, personally suffered because of depredations of militants, saw families of Congress men wiped out in struggle between 1980-1995, this kind of instability is extremely disturbing: Manish tewari

    10:39 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Only people happy with what's going on in Pakistan is the deep state of Pakistan: Manish Tewari

    I have just returned from a regional security conference & I can tell you that the only people who are very happy with what is going on in Punjab is the deep state of Pakistan. They feel that they will get an opportunity to fish in troubled waters. There's a higher ideal than power, than ministers holding org positions. That higher ideal is ensuring peace, tranquillity & stability of a border state like Punjab. Under those circumstances what has been playing itself out is extremely unfortunate: Manish Tewari

    10:37 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Only people happy with what's going on in Punjab is the deep state of Pakistan: Manish Tewari

    I have just returned from a regional security conference & I can tell you that the only people who are very happy with what is going on in Punjab is the deep state of Pakistan. They feel that they will get an opportunity to fish in troubled waters. There's a higher ideal than power, than ministers holding org positions. That higher ideal is ensuring peace, tranquillity & stability of a border state like Punjab. Under those circumstances what has been playing itself out is extremely unfortunate: Manish Tewari

    10:36 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Extremely distressed about happenings in Punjab: Manish Tewari

    As a Punjab MP, I'm extremely distressed about happenings in Punjab. Peace in Punjab was extremely hard-won. 25,000 people, bulk of them Congress men, sacrificied themselves to bring peace back to Punjab after fighting extremism and terrorism between 1980-1995: Manish Tewari

    10:19 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    CM Charanjit Singh Channi calls Cabinet meeting

    Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi calls the state cabinet meeting at State Secretariat today.

    09:33 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Ministers Warring and Pargat Singh to meet Navjot Singh Sidhu
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    09:14 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Sidhu said to be upset over Cabinet expansion of Channi government

    Sidhu is said to have been upset over some recent appointments. Rana Gurjit Singh was included in the ministry despite protests by some party leaders over his "tainted" past. He had to resign from the previous Amarinder Singh ministry over allegations of impropriety in the auction of sand-mining contracts. Sidhu was also said to be unhappy that MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra was denied a berth in the Channi ministry. Then there was the appointment of A P S Deol as the state's new Advocate General. As a senior advocate, Deol was a counsel for former Director General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini.

    09:11 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Everything will be alright: KC Venugopal on resignations of four Congress leaders

    "Nothing to worry, everything will be alright," says Congress leader KC Venugopal over resignations of four Congress leaders from their posts followed in "solidarity" with the resignation of party's state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

    09:09 (IST)29 Sep 2021
    Can never compromise on Punjab's future: Navjot Singh Sidhu in letter to Sonia Gandhi

    "The collapse of a man's character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab's future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress," Sidhu wrote in his letter to Sonia Gandhi. 

    Sidhu, 57, who announced his resignation shortly after the allocation of portfolios to the new ministers, said he remains with the party. He was appointed the party's state unit president on July 18 amid a bitter power tussle with Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as the CM 10 days back while accusing the party high command of humiliating him. Sidhu didn't elaborate why he has quit. But speculation in party circles ranges from his displeasure over the allocation of the home portfolio to Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to the appointments of the acting police chief and the state advocate general by the new CM.
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