Amarinder Singh meets Sonia Gandhi in Delhi amid Punjab Congress crises

Ahead of the Punjab assembly elections, Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh reached Delhi on Tuesday to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi amid rift within the party’s state unit.

The meeting comes amid continued attack by his rival Navjot Singh Sidhu on the CM Amrinder Singh.

Amrinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu have been antagonistic over various issues.

Amrinder Singh meets Sonia Gandhi a days after Sidhu had met former party chief Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

According to the sources, Singh and Gandhi will work out a formula to end factionalism by accommodating all sections, castes and regions in the overhaul of the Punjab state unit of the party as well as the state cabinet during the discussion.

In his tweets this Navjot Sidhu raised the issue of Punjab’s power crisis even before the Chief Minister reached Delhi. Faulty power purchase agreements (PPAs) “have cost people of Punjab thousands of crores”, he stated.

“Punjab has paid ₹ 3,200 crore just as coal-washing charges due to faulty replies to pre-bid queries before signing PPAs. Private Plants keep finding loopholes to file litigation that has cost Punjab ₹ 25,000 crore already,” Sidhu tweeted.