Captain Amarinder ignores Sidhu in selection process of Mayor nominee
Jalandhar – The names of the mayors of three cities Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala is scheduled to be announced on January 23 and January 25. The situation doesn’t seem to be comfortable between Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu as he has been ignored during the entire selection process of civic body posts. Sidhu has been ignored by Captain’s side even after the issue is related to his department. This may cause trouble for the CM in the future as the issue has reached party high command in Delhi, which has led to delay in the announcement of the name of mayors. Earlier, two meetings were already held under the leadership of Captain Amarinder to announce the name of mayors in which names were shortlisted. Surprisingly, Sidhu was not present in both of the meetings. Whatever the reason, the debate is that Captain did not invite Sidhu to the meetings. Even the names for the mayoral post has not been discussed with Sidhu nor panel of names has been sought by the Cabinet minister. In the coming days, the issue may increase problems for Captain as it has landed in the hands of high command. Party president Rahul Gandhi seems to be not very happy with the working of the Captain Amarinder Singh government which has resulted in the resignation of Rana Gurjit. According to Sources, Rahul has returned the names suggested by Captain for the mayor posts, which has resulted that on his return from Delhi, the names of the observers were announced to finalise the names. While in Congress circles, it is being discussed that why observer was not appointed for a month after the results and why the exercise was not done before visiting Rahul Gandhi. Regardless of the matter, the entire episode has displeased Sidhu and his Supporters and in the coming days, confrontation might be witnessed within the party. The responsibility of finalising the name of Jalandhar Mayor Was given to in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari by the party high command, but Asha Kumari has not been able to provide the exact information to the high command throughout the episode.
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