The Congress has called a legislature party meet for Punjab on Saturday. Senior Congress leader Harish Rawat informed that the party had received “representation” from many of its MLAs in the state to “immediately convene” the meeting, which will take place at the Punjab Congress’ headquarters in Chandigarh.
Harish Rawat, the All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) in-charge in Punjab, said, “The AICC has received a representation from a large number of MLAs from the Congress party, requesting to immediately convene a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party of Punjab.”
“Accordingly, a meeting of the CLP has been convened at 5:00 PM on 18th September at Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee office. AICC directs the PPCC to facilitate this meeting,” he added, requesting all the Congress MLAs from Punjab to attend the meeting.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee office. AICC directs the PPCC to facilitate this meeting.
— Harish Rawat (@harishrawatcmuk) September 17, 2021
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President Navjot Singh Sidhu also confirmed the CLP meeting on his official Twitter handle. He tweeted, “As per the AICC directive, Congress Legislative Party meeting has been convened at PPCC Office, Chandigarh on 18 September 2021 (Saturday) 5 PM.”
As per the AICC directive, Congress Legislative Party meeting has been convened at @INCPunjab PPCC Office, Chandigarh on 18 September 2021 (Saturday) 5 PM.
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) September 17, 2021
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The Congress’ decision to convene the legislature party meet has come amidst the incessant infighting within the party’s Punjab camp between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Saturday’s CLP will be held two days after 40 disgruntled MLAs of the Navjot Singh Sidhu brigade had launched a fresh attack against the Punjab CM. The MLAs reportedly wrote a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, alleging step-motherly treatment to them and victimisation of officers close to them.
Sources said Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, on the other hand, is prepared to deal with the rival camp and won’t give it a chance to question his government’s functioning.