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Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Partap Singh Bajwa can make good team: Manish Tewari | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: Political realignments in the Punjab Congress sent chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to his one-time bete noire, Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa, besides cabinet minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi and speaker Rana K P Singh, on Saturday evening.

Anandpur Sahib’s Congress MP, Manish Tewari, tweeted a picture of the meeting, posting: “Good to see Partap Bajwa and Capt Amarinder together along with our speaker, Rana K P Singh, and Rana Sodhi. Partap, whom I have known since 1983, and Captain Sahib would make a good team… He is an old, dyed-in-the-wool Congress man.” The meeting came on a day when Navjot Singh Sidhu sat with a group of ministers and MLAs, including some Amarinder loyalists, before his speculated elevation to state party president. Before the last assembly elections in 2016, it was Amarinder who replaced Bajwa on this post.
Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu retweeted this post by journalist Vir Sanghvi: “I wonder how Partap Bajwa feels about the imminent Sidhu accession. If they were going to give the job to a Jat Sikh, then he was the obvious choice (RG once tried to make him CM), and unlike Capt and Sidhu, he is at least from a different clan. Man proposes, family disposes.” Bittu posted with the retweet: “It makes sense.”
On Thursday as well, Sidhu and Amarinder had parallel meetings with ministers and MLAs, but both sides termed these as routine get-togethers. Earlier, after his meeting with Sidhu, minister Sukhjinder Randhawa said his family’s ties with him went back decades and there was nothing unusual in seeing him before the assembly elections.





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