Navjot Singh Sidhu
The crisis in the Punjab parliament is exacerbated by numerous meetings on both sides tonight. According to sources, Prime Minister Amarinder Singh rejected the central peace leaders' formula that Navjot Sidhu should be named chairman of the state legislature.
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Sources said they are working on a list of MPs that each camp supports. Navjot Sidhu met with six MPs, including three ministers, from the anti-Amarinder Singh camp.
He met three ministers: Sukjinder Singh Randhava, Charanjit Singh Channi and Tript Rijinder Bajwa. All three publicly rebelled against Mr. Singh.
Amarinder Singh also met with MPs and party members at her private farm in Mohali.
Sources said the rebel minister believed they would be fired from the cabinet. Together with rebellious lawmakers, they threatened collective resignation.
Although Mr. Sidhu was not officially declared a member of the House of Representatives, sources said today that he is likely to replace party leader Sunil Jahar.
Two leaders from the Dalit and Hindu communities will be appointed as presidents.
The compromise formula was discovered after a series of one-on-one meetings between Gandhi, Mr. Sidhu and Mr. Singh.
The chief minister had met Sonia Gandhi last week, after which he mentioned he would accept “whatever decision the high command of the Congress takes.”
Another part of the plan was to overhaul Singh's office. Singh, along with several others, is likely to fire Channey from the closet.
The feud between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu continues after the 2017 state elections. Sidhu, who joined the party after being in the BJP, hopes to be appointed chief deputy minister. However, A is known to have ignored this step.
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