New Delhi, June 30
Congress president Sonia Gandhi left her son Rahul Gandhi residence on Tuesday evening on a day when the Gandhi scion was expected to meet Punjab Congress leader Navot Singh Sidhu.
There is no word yet on whether such a meeting did indeed take place, although Sidhu did meet Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra earlier in the day.
Discussions on what the Congress leadership is likely to offer Sidhu remains on the cards. Sidhu has been making a play for the position of Punjab Congress chief—a proposition that his longtime rival, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, has reportedly opposed.
The hectic parleys come less than a year before Punjab heads into assembly elections.
Priyanka Vadra earlier briefed brother Rahul on the matter. Gandhis are expected to make a final offer to Sidhu now before finalising the state revamp.
Amarinder meanwhile has indicated that while he was opposed to Sidhu being the state’s unit chief, he would not mind offering him the post of Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
It still remains to be seen how far the Congress would go to placate Sidhu.
Earlier, after his meeting with Priyanka, Sidhu tweeted a picture with her on his Twitter timeline midway saying “had a long meeting with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.”
Sources close to Sidhu said Priyanka left for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s house in the middle of her meeting with Sidhu and then returned home where she was still with Sidhu.
AICC sources said a meeting between Sidhu and Rahul Gandhi may happen but the schedule was not shared.
Sidhu who reached New Delhi yesterday was not given time to meet Rahul Gandhi who said there was no meeting adding that, “I don’t know what is the fuss about.”
The Congress has discussed with Sidhu the offer of a deputy CM in the government and campaign committee chairman along with a possible seat in the party chief Sonia Gandhi led central election committee, which clears all the tickets.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is not agreeable to state unit chief role for Sidhu, who is keen to lead the party.
The Congress is seeking to balance the CM and Sidhu and would need to make a strong offer to the latt