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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu agree on ‘strategic group’ for better teamwork | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: In what is being seen as an attempt by the Congress to send out an ‘all is well’ message and project a united face of the state leadership, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday agreed to set up a 10-member ‘Strategic Policy Group’. Capt Amarinder has also assigned his cabinet colleagues the task of being available in Punjab Congress Bhawan in Chandigarh every day, by rotation, for meetings with MLAs and other party functionaries to discuss issues relating to their constituencies and address any grievances.
The twin announcements were made after Sidhu met the chief minister along with working president Kuljit Singh Nagra and general secretary Pargat Singh.
The move follows Congress president Sonia Gandhi underlining the need for proper coordination between the party and the government. AICC incharge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat is scheduled to visit Chandigarh next week to make sure that Amarinder and Sidhu sink their differences to work together.
The ‘daily roaster for ministers’ proposed by Sidhu was endorsed by Amarinder, who tweeted, “Have deputed all my Cabinet Ministers to be present for three hours from 11 am to 2 pm at Punjab Congress office daily beginning Monday, as per the roster, to interact with public and party cadre.”
Meanwhile, the task group too has representation from both sides. It will be headed by the chief minister, and include local government minister Brahm Mohindra, finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and social security minister Aruna Chaudhary as members, along with Sidhu, Pargat and the four party working presidents — Nagra, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Sangat Singh Gilzian and Pawan Goel.
Navjot Sidhu also tweeted, “Highly positive co-ordination meeting on proposal for roaster of Ministers to sit at Punjab Congress Bhawan!!”
In his letter to the CM, Sidhu said, “Ever since the esteemed Congress high command has given me the pivotal responsibility as President, PPCC, I have been interacting with hundreds and thousands of our party colleagues on a daily basis and listening to their concerns. I, along with PPCC working presidents and senior state Congress leadership, are of the opinion that there are issues of dire importance to the people of Punjab, which are brought to the notice of PCC daily. These can be effectively resolved if Cabinet ministers may sit at Congress Bhawan on ‘one minister a day’ basis.”





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