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Clear orders to Navjot Sidhu, strengthen Congress as Punjab chief: Rawat; Will follow Gandhi’s call, says PCC chief

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 14 October

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said he has conveyed his concerns about the situation in the party and will abide by whatever decision the Gandhi family takes, even as party leaders reiterated that The orders to Sidhu were clear and were meant to strengthen the party. As Congress organization Punjab chief in the state.

AICC general secretary, Punjab, Harish Rawat said that Sidhu was appointed state chief to work in Punjab and empower the party and said today that he will abide by the party’s decision.

“Mr Sidhu today categorically stated that the decision of the Gandhi family would be acceptable to him and he would abide by it. The party’s orders to Mr. Sidhu are clear. As Punjab Congress President, he should strengthen the party and organization in the state.

Sidhu discussed his issues with AICC General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal and Rawat at AICC Headquarters today and reiterated his concerns regarding Punjab.

Venugopal later said that the party would formally clarify about Sidhu in the next 12 to 16 hours, although there were indications that Sidhu would be asked to continue in the post and that some of his issues could be resolved.

After the meeting, Sidhu said, “I have conveyed all my concerns to the party.

I have full faith in Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi that whatever decision they take will be in the interest of Congress and Punjab.

Responding to questions on his resignation, Sidhu said, “I have always considered Gandhi supreme and followed his instructions. His decision will be paramount for me.”

Rawat said the talks with Sidhu were positive.

Rawat said, “Mr. Sidhu will give you some good news soon.”

When asked whether the party would address Sidhu’s concerns, he remained firm. Rawat said, ‘It is between them and us. He has already said that he trusts the leadership to do what is best for Punjab.

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