The re-induction of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in the Punjab Cabinet seems unlikely in the near future. The party high command is keen on assigning a key role to Sidhu, either in the government or the party organisation. But the latter is yet to give his mind on the matter, it is learnt.
Senior party leaders in the AICC want to see Sidhu as Punjab Congress president, say sources. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has said that state leaders have held informal discussions on Sidhu’s return on several occasions. “Sidhu is very much a part of the party and he has been touch with the central leadership. He is always welcome to discuss issues with me,” he had said recently.
The CM is learnt to have broadly discussed the recasting of the PPCC with Jakhar and Asha Kumari. “Once finalised, the names will be sent to the party president for approval,” the latter said. Jakhar said efforts were being made to “adjust” new faces in district units.