Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Navjot Sidhu has appointed his four advisors with immediate effect. They are Dr Amar Singh, Mohammad Mustafa, Malwinder Singh Mali and Pyare Lal Garg. This is the first time when a PPCC chief has made such appointments. Navjot Sidhu issued a letter in this regard on Wednesday.
The Congress had on July 18 appointed cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu as the next president of the Punjab Congress, ignoring persistent opposition from Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and leaders close to him.
Former Amritsar MP and sitting MLA from Amritsar East Navjot Sidhu replaced Sunil Jakhar. The party had also named four working presidents. They are Urmar MLA Sangat Singh Gilzian, Jandiala legislator Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra and Pawan Goel from Jaito in Faridkot.
The appointment of Navjot Sidhu as the PPCC chief could potentially herald a change in the Punjab politics with Sidhu emerging as Capt Amarinder’s successor.
Recent Congress history reveals that state unit presidents have gone on to become CMs – Capt Amarinder Singh was Punjab unit chief ahead of becoming CM in 2017 and Kamal Nath was Madhya Pradesh Congress chief ahead of becoming CM. Sidhu’s top challenge would be to take the CM on board and put up a united front.