Chandigarh: Here in Delhi, Navjot Singh Sidhu met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, while on the other hand, CM Captain Amarinder Singh will do ‘Lunch Diplomacy’ on Thursday. Punjab CM Amarinder has called some Congress leaders from urban areas for lunch on Thursday amid the ongoing tussle with Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Apart from this, Congress leader and former minister Ashwani Sekhdi, who was admitted to the hospital before joining the Akali Dal, has also been invited for lunch. CM Amarinder has made phone calls to some old leaders to come for lunch.
After meeting Priyanka during the day, Sidhu met Rahul Gandhi at his 12 Tughlaq Lane residence in the evening. Earlier there were reports that Sidhu may meet Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday. However, Rahul Gandhi had said that no meeting with Sidhu is scheduled for Tuesday.
Sources say that the Congress is trying to convince Sidhu by giving him some important responsibility in the high command, organization or government, but Sidhu is constantly insisting that the Chief Minister cannot work with him. In recent weeks, Sidhu and some other Punjab Congress leaders have opened a front against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Sidhu says that till now no action has been taken in the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and effective steps have not been taken to curb corruption.
Rahul Gandhi had brainstormed with many party leaders in recent times as part of an effort to end the discord of the Congress in Punjab. The three-member committee of the party also held consultations with over 100 leaders and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
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