Amarinder Singh writes letter to Sonia Gandhi, warns against Navjot Sidhu

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Amarinder Singh (Image: Satdeep Gill/Wikimedia Commons)
Amarinder Singh (Image: Satdeep Gill/Wikimedia Commons)

New Delhi : A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, Amarinder Singh has written a letter specifying his reservations on Mr Sidhu's elevation as Punjab Congress chief.

Hours after his meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Navjot Singh Sidhu's supporters started celebration in Chandigarh without official announcement.

Congress's Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat, who was at the meeting, told reporters he had "never said" Navjot Sidhu would be Punjab Congress chief.

"I have submitted my note. I believe Congress president will take her time and come to a decision soon," Mr Rawat said. On Mr Singh possibly objecting to the reported peace plan, he replied: "If there is any communication gap, I am here to take care of it."

Tensions rose on Thursday after Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu held meetings with MLAs and ministers on their side.

Mr Sidhu held a meeting with six MLAs, including three ministers -- Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Charanjit Singh Channi and Tript Rajinder Bajwa - who have openly rebelled against Mr Singh.

The rift between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu, festering since the Congress won the Punjab election in 2017, has endangered the party's re-election bid next year.