Sidhu seeks to meet Sonia on his 13-point agenda

Wednesday 20th October 2021 07:48 EDT

Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has sought a meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi, flagging in his letter issues which the government "must deliver upon" and saying it is the poll-bound state's "last chance for resurrection and redemption". In the letter to the Congress president on October 15, a day after he had meetings with senior party leaders in Delhi, Sidhu pitched for a "Punjab Model with a 13-point agenda to be part of the Congress manifesto for the 2022 assembly elections".

Days after resigning as Punjab Congress chief, Sidhu had on October 15 said his concerns have been resolved and the party asserted that he will continue as the head of the state unit. On Sunday he made public the letter he has written to Sonia Gandhi. In the letter Sidhu talked mainly about justice in sacrilege cases, state’s drug menace, agricultural issues, employment opportunities and sand mining.

All matters will be resolved: Channi

All matters will be resolved and the party’s agenda implemented, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said, a day after Sidhu made public his letter to Sonia Gandhi. Channi had a meeting with Sidhu on Sunday. Interacting with reporters, Channi said, “Be it 13-point, 18-point, 21-point or 24-point, whatever the agenda is will be implemented. No point will be left out.”

“It’s alright he (Sidhu) raised the issues... We have to implement the party’s ideology. The party is supreme. All issues will be resolved,” he replied when asked about Sidhu’s letter. In the letter, Sidhu reminded Sonia Gandhi of the party’s 18-point agenda “given to the last chief minister” of Punjab and said that those were “equally relevant today”.

Sidhu’s letter had indicated that he was still not satisfied with the Channi-led government over its handling of key issues which he has been raising in the recent past.

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