- The decision to establish the coordination committee was taken after a meeting Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu
- All India Congress Committee (AICC) is likely to disclose about the recently planned committee within 24 hours
- Sidhu was disappointed for not having a voice in multiple key decisions
Punjab will set up a coordination committee that will be consulted on all major policy matters and decisions of the government in the state. The decision to establish the coordination committee for the better functioning of the state government was taken following a meeting of chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu.
An official familiar with the development informed that the All India Congress Committee (AICC) is likely to disclose about the recently planned committee within 24 hours. Sources revealed that the panel will be led by a central leader and may comprise Channi, Sidhu and a third leader for better coordination between the party and the state government.
On Thursday, Punjab Affairs in-charge Harish Rawat expressed, “After the constitution of the new government, I thought my job was done but this new situation developed. Things will be okay soon. It is just a matter of 5 to 7 days.” A senior leader added that Navjot Singh Sidhu will continue as Congress Punjab unit President.
Earlier, Sidhu was disappointed for not having a voice in multiple key decisions. Furthermore, he has also been demanding the removal of director general of police (DGP) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota and advocate general of Punjab APS Deol. A source familiar with the matter stated, “As for the two appointments, it has been decided that a panel of IPS officers will be sent to the UPSC as per the procedure laid down by the Supreme court. Till then, Sahota will continue and the new DGP will be named from among the three names received from the commission. The issue of AG’s will be decided after a discussion in the coordination panel.”
Reportedly, Navjot Singh Sidhu was also vexed with the inclusion of former minister Rana Gurjit Singh into the Cabinet. He tweeted, “ DGP IPS Sahota was head of the SIT investigating Beadbi case under Badal govt, he wrongfully indicted two Sikh youth for sacrilege and gave a clean chit to Badals. In 2018, I along with INC Ministers, then PCC Pres & present Home minister assured them of our support in the fight for justice.”
Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh slammed Sidhu’s public criticism of the decision taken by Channi. He commented, “Sidhu should run the party and let Channi run the government. There should be no interference. They can talk to each other, but it is the CM who runs the government. I was CM for nine and a half years and had several state chiefs during that period. We used to discuss, but I never faced the situation he (Sidhu) is creating.”
On this matter, Jakhar who is the former Punjab Congress President tweeted, “Put an end to attempts to undermine the authority of the CM time and again. Aspersions being cast on the selection of AG and DCP are actually questioning the integrity/competence of the CM and home ministers to deliver results. It’s time to put the foot down and clear the air.”