After meeting with Rahul Gandhi: Navjot Singh Sidhu is silent on resignation, Rawat says he will remain as head of PPCC
Navjot Singh Sidhu has withdrawn his resignation as head of Punjab’s Congress and will soon resume his duties, the party’s general secretary in charge, Harish Rawat, said on Friday after the cricketer-turned-politician met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. and they will “assure” you that any concerns you have will be resolved.
Sidhu’s meeting with Gandhi came a day after he met with the AICC general secretary (organization), KC Venugopal, and Rawat at the AICC headquarters. Rawat was also present during Sidhu’s meeting with Gandhi, which lasted for an hour and a half.
Leaving the meeting, Sidhu told the media, “Any concerns I had, I shared with Rahul ji. All those concerns are resolved ”.
He declined to discuss his resignation.
– Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) October 15, 2021
Later in a tweet he said, “I have shared my concerns with @RahulGandhi Ji, they assured me they will be resolved.” In his tweet he also did not mention anything about the resignation.
Rawat, on the other hand, told the media that Sidhu told Gandhi that he had withdrawn his resignation, “Sidhu shared his concerns with Rahul Gandhi and they told him they would take care of them. He assured Rahul Gandhi that he has withdrawn his resignation and that he will resume his functions as head of PPCC, ”Rawat told the media after the meeting.
Sidhu had resigned as head of the Punjab Congress on September 28 and posted his resignation letter on Twitter. The party leadership has yet to make a decision on his resignation.
AICC sources said that Sidhu kept waiting in Punjab Bhawan for the meeting with Gandhi, which took place at 8 pm and that also in the presence of Rawat.
It is known that Sidhu was told that he would have to deal with the general secretary in charge and that he would not have a direct line to the Gandhi brothers. The party’s top leadership is known to have been upset with Sidhu for tweeting his resignation and attacking the government of Punjab’s chief minister, Charanjit Singh Channi, on social media.
The party leadership had been waiting for Sidhu to announce the withdrawal of his resignation. At least three outreach meetings were held with Sidhu: first in the presence of AICC observer Harish Chaudhary, second with Venugopal and Rawat, and on Friday with Gandhi and Rawat.
During the meeting with Venugopal and Rawat, the leader of the Punjab Congress expressed concern about the 18-point agenda adopted by the leadership on which there are pending actions. These included actions against those involved in the issue of sacrilege and the drug mafia.
Sidhu had previously expressed concern about Channi’s choice of DGP and AG. The party had agreed to send a panel on DGP to UPSC, but had gone to work with AG. Sidhu had posted videos on social media saying he would not compromise.