Good news for Punjab Cong in next 3-4 days, says Rawat after meeting Rahul Gandhi

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Good news for Punjab Cong in next 3-4 days, says Rawat after meeting Rahul Gandhi

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13

Ahead of the much anticipated reshuffle of Punjab government and organisation, AICC general secretary for the state Harish Rawat and party poll strategist Prashant Kishor met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at his residence here.

“Good news for Punjab Cong in next 3-4 days,” Rawat said after meeting Rahul Gandhi.

Asked good news for whom, he added, “for everyone”.

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It is learnt that AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also present in the meeting and so was party general secretary in charge of organization KC Venugopal.

Although there was no official word on what was discussed,

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the affairs of Punjab are expected to have been deliberated.

Prashant Kishor recently met Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh after the latter’s engagement with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in the capital.

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The CM had then said any decision taken by Sonia Gandhi would be acceptable to him and the party.

The reshuffle exercise has taken longer than expected on account of continued lack of consensus on the formulation to accommodate MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu who has made his ambitions to be state Congress president clear.

The CM is not in agreement with this formulation and has argued that all communities must get a fair representation at the top and that one community could not hold both major posts – that of the CM and the state chief. Both Amarinder Singh and Sidhu belong to the same community while the CM has argued for wider representation of dominant segments of Punjab society in the revamp.

The role for Sidhu has remained a sticking point from the start of the deliberations on the issue.

The party faces an uphill task of balancing all segments, placating Sidhu and keeping the CM on board on whatever it decides.

A deliberation on possible permutation combinations is expected to have taken place at the meeting with Rahul Gandhi today.

Rawat had last said the revamp would be announced by July 8 to 10.

The state president would be replaced, Rawat has said.

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