Punjab Elections 2022: Navjot Singh Sidhu and CM Charanjit Singh Channi attend a meeting with Harish Chaudhary; differences increase between the two leaders

Publish Date: 09 Nov, 2021 |

Punjab is all set to hold assembly elections in 2022. But as the elections are approaching, politics in the state is getting tense. Where on one hand, former CM of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh has left the Congress Party and is all set to contest against it by forming his own party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’, on the other hand, CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu are at loggerheads regarding some appointments done for government jobs. 

Harish Chaudhary, in charge of Punjab, held a meeting with both the leaders. According to the sources, Pargat Singh, Cabinet minister considered close to Sidhu was also present in the meeting. It is believed that Sidhu raised the matter of appointment of APS Deol as Advocate General of Punjab and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as the Director-General of Police(DGP) of Punjab. 

Navjot Singh Sidhu's Demands

Earlier, last week Navjot Singh Sihu had said that he has withdrawn his resignation from the post of PPCC Chief but he has also kept a condition that he will be assuming all his responsibilities as a PPCC Chief after the day when APS Deol will be removed and a new Advocate general will be appointed in his place and a panel will be coming from UPSC for the appointment of new DGP. 

Navjot Singh Sidhu, CM Charanjit SIngh Channi and Harish Chaudhary had earlier went to Kedarnath Temple on November 2. The same day they had also called a meeting with senior leaders for forming the strategy for upcoming assembly elections in 2022. During this time, Navjot Singh Sidhu had released a statement saying that everything is fine in Punjab Congress. He had said that all leaders support each other.

Sidhu is opposing the appointment of APS Deol and Iqbal Preet Singh Sidhu as Advocate-General and DGP respectively. Both these officers are considered the choice of CM Channi. 

2017 Assembly Elections

In 2017 assembly elections of Punjab, Congress had secured 77 seats out of 117 seats, thereby achieving majority to form government in the state. Aam Aadmi Party had won 20 seats and stood second in the election result. Shiromani Akali Dal could win 15 seats while BJP secured only 3 seats. At that time, BJP and SAD fought elections as an alliance but after the three farm laws were passed in the Parliament and the opposition to those laws came, Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party got separated. Hence, this year BJP will be contesting elections alone. 



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