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Punjab Compromise Plan Appears Dead On Arrival: 10 Points

Punjab Compromise Plan Appears Dead On Arrival: 10 Points

Sources in Punjab said Amarinder Singh is not on board with the Navjot Sidhu's elevation (File)

New Delhi: The crisis in Punjab Congress escalated this evening with a flurry of meetings held by both sides. Sources said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is against the Central leaders' peace formula where Navjot Sidhu is to be elevated as state Congress chief.

Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. Each faction is drawing up its list of supporting MLAs, sources said. Mr Singh is holding meetings with party MLAs and MPs at his private farmhouse in Mohali.

  2. Navjot Sidhu also held a meeting with six MLAs, including two cabinet ministers from anti-Amarinder Singh camp.

  3. Though Mr Sidhu is yet to be officially announced as the state Congress chief, sources said earlier today that he is likely to replace state party chief Sunil Jakkar.

  4. Two other leaders -- one from the Dalit community and the other a Hindu face -- are likely to be named Working Presidents.

  5. The plan was arrived at after a series of separate meetings between the Gandhis, Mr Sidhu and Mr Singh.

  6. The Chief Minister had met the Gandhis last week, after which he said he would accept "whatever decision is taken by the Congress high command".

  7. The other part of the plan envisages an overhaul of Mr Singh's Council of ministers.

  8. Two ministers -- Charanjit Channi and Gurpreet Kangar, who were among those who complained against him to the party high command – are likely to be included in the pink slip list.

  9. But the rebel MLAs indicated that they plan to stick together and if either of the two ministers get dropped from the cabinet, they will go for mass resignation.

  10. The feud between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu has been on since the 2017 state elections. Mr Sidhu, who joined the party after a stint in the BJP, hoped to be made Deputy Chief Minister. But the move was reportedly scuttled by Mr Singh.