A three-member panel constituted by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to end factionalism in the party’s Punjab unit submitted its report on Thursday. It has reportedly recommended the residence of former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, setting up of a coordination committee and filling up of vacancies in the organisation.
The panel had discussions with party legislators, Mr Sidhu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Sources said the panel has recommended a committee for coordination between the state government and the party.
Party sources said that two schemes have been proposed to pacify Navjot Singh Sidhu.
“Plan A talks of making Mr. Sidhu the state unit president, if Captain Amarinder Singh does not agree with it, Sidhu can be made the deputy chief minister or the chairman of the election campaign committee or the chairman of the election management committee.” A source said.
Barring a few, most leaders were in favor of Mr Singh, and the panel has indicated that he should be retained as leader.
Sources said that Captain Amarinder Singh is in a strong position, holding both power and organization and is the biggest face of the party in the state.
The panel comprising party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Harish Rawat and JP Agarwal held its meetings in Delhi, and the exercise was seen as an attempt by the party to resolve issues related to the state unit ahead of next year’s assembly elections.
The panel has suggested that another deputy chief minister may be appointed as per the choice of the chief minister.
The panel is of the view that Sidhu cannot be ignored.
It also recommended that a new State Party President be appointed.
Sources said some angry MLAs and leaders may be accommodated in corporations and boards.