Congress To Set Up A Coordination Committee To Tackle The Punjab Crisis. Key Points
According to sources acquainted with the situation, the panel will be led by a central authority and will include Channi, Sidhu, and a third leader to improve cooperation between the party and the state administration.
Punjab will shortly have a coordinating council that will be briefed on all significant policy issues and government actions in the state, which has seen turbulence in the governing Congress party. On Thursday, after a conference between chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was unhappy with the new administration's consultations and decided to resign two days earlier, the judgement to establish the coordination committee for improved state government operating was made.
An All India Congress Committee (AICC) is anticipated to issue a statement about the committee over the next 24 hours, according to an official. According to sources acquainted with the situation, the panel will be led by a central leader and will include Channi, Sidhu, and a third leader to improve cooperation between the party and the state administration. Punjab relations in-charge Harish Rawat told reporters that he felt that his duty was done once the new administration was formed, however, this new problem arose. Everything will soon be back to normal. It's simply a question of 5 to 7 days.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Congress Punjab division president, will stay on, according to a senior source. Sidhu has been requesting the expulsion of director general of police (DGP) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota and advocates general of Punjab APS Deol, citing his dissatisfaction over not getting a say or getting considered on several crucial decisions. In the case of the two appointments, it was agreed that a panel of IPS officers would be sent to the UPSC under the Supreme Court's procedure. Sahota will stay till then, and the next DGP will be chosen among the commission's three choices. A source familiar with the situation said that the question of AGs would be decided after a discussion in the coordination panel.
Sidhu had also alleged to be enraged over previous minister Rana Gurjit Singh's appointment to the cabinet. At the time of the Badal administration, DGP IPS Sahota led the SIT investigating the Beadbi case; he falsely accused two Sikh adolescents of desecration and cleared the Badals. Before the session on Thursday, he tweeted, "I promised them our aid in the struggle for justice (sic) with INC Ministers, then PCC President, and present Home Minister."
Jakhar, the previous Punjab Congress president, took to Twitter to express his point of view and said that he brought a halt to the repeated attempts to undermine the CM's power. The CM and home minister's honesty and ability to achieve outcomes are being called into doubt by the criticisms levelled at their pick of AG and DGP. He needs to put his foot down and clarify the air.
The national leadership appointed Sidhu as PCC president in July to quell infighting inside the Punjab Congress. Sidhu, on the other hand, announced his resignation on Twitter on Tuesday, barely 72 days after being named Punjab unit president, throwing Congress into yet another dilemma in the poll-bound state.