CHANDIGARH: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday agreed to attend the installation ceremony of the new Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, putting an end to speculations that he may boycott the event on Friday.
The CM will also host party MLAs and MPs over tea before Sidhu assumes charge. Amarinder had earlier put a precondition that Sidhu should publicly apologise for his ‘derogatory’ tweets before he agrees to meet Sidhu. Sources said that intervention in both camps by AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and party incharge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat led to truce.
However, party insiders feel that despite his climbdown, it would be premature to assume a thaw in Amarinder’s strained relations with Sidhu. On Thursday, two of the four PCC working presidents, Kuljit Singh Nagra and Sangat Singh Gilzian, reached the CM’s Siswan farmhouse and handed over two invitation letters – one signed by 57-odd MLAs and another personal invitation from Sidhu to Amarinder.
Sidhu wrote to the CM that he had “no personal agenda” and as the “eldest of Punjab Congress family”, the CM should come and bless the new PPCC team. “My resolve and commitment on Punjab’s issues and fulfilling high command’s pro-people 18-point agenda for the welfare of every Punjabi is well known to you and all,” he wrote.