This comes amid a bitter power struggle within the party between the prime minister and Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had publicly expressed his resentment against Amarinder’s leadership.
The ANI news agency reported that 10 MLA co-wrote the letter. They are: Patti MLA Harminder Singh Gill; Qadian MLA Fateh Bajwa; Bassi Pathana MLA Gurpreet Singh GP; Gill MLA Kuldip Singh Vaid; Shrihargobindpur MLA Balwinder Singh Laddi; Baba Bakala MLA Santokh Singh Bhalaipur; Bhoa MLA Joginderpal; Maur MLA Jagdev Singh Kamalu; Bhadaur MLA Pirmal Singh Khalsa; and Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
In giving Amarinder credit for the party’s “well-entrenched” position in the state, the MLA said that “doing laundry in public has only diminished the party’s graph in recent months.” The clear reference was to the open discord between Sidhu and Amarinder.
“Captain Amarinder Singh inspired immense respect from different sectors of society in the state, particularly farmers for whom he even put his chair as CM in jeopardy by passing the Water Completion Agreement Act of 2004,” they said.
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The MLA also demanded that Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had made numerous tweets against Captain Amarinder Singh and the government, present a public apology “so that the party and the government can work together.”
Punjab will go to the polls early next year, and the party’s top brass are struggling to find a solution to the dispute between the two top leaders. There is much speculation that Sidhu could be appointed head of the Punjab Congress. There is also talk of appointing acting presidents to balance caste equations.
Meanwhile, the President of the Punjab Congress, Sunil Jakhar, called an urgent meeting of party lawmakers and district presidents in Chandigarh on Monday, ahead of the likely renewal of the state unit.
“All MLAs and district presidents would pass a resolution that the decision of the party high command regarding Punjab would be acceptable to the entire state unit,” Jakhar said in Chandigarh on Sunday.
This resolution will then be sent to the president of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, he added.
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Sidhu previously met with the party’s leader, Pratap Singh Bajwa. Shortly after the meeting, Bajwa hinted that he is willing to accept Sindhu as the next head of the state Congress.
All the state’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha congressional deputies gathered at the Bajwa residence in Delhi on Sunday Manish Tewari, Jasbir Gill, Shamsher Singh Dullo, Mohd Siddiqui, Praneet Kaur, Santokh Chaudhary, Ravneet Singh Bittu and others attended the meeting.
However, they categorically denied having discussed the rift between the Captain and Sidhu, saying that they formulated strategies to corner the government in the Monsoon session and debated farmers.
Sidhu met with congressional leaders Sunday in Khanna, Patiala and elsewhere.