The All India Congress Committee intervened to conduct a meeting of Punjab’s Congress Legislative Party (CLP), on Saturday.
AICC in-charge of Punjab affair Harish Rawat tweeted late on Friday, “A meeting of the CLP has been convened at 5 pm on 18th September at Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee office. The AICC directs the PPCC to facilitate this meeting. All Congress MLAs of Punjab are requested to kindly attend this meeting.”
The decision was taken after a group of ministers from the Congress legislative party, some of the cabinet ministers, approached the AICC. Most of these ministers are detractors of Amrinder Singh and the Chief Minister of Punjab, who have been for a while pressing for changes at the helm of Punjab’s Administrative affairs.
The crisis which had been brewing for a few months worsened after nearly 2 dozen MLAs of the Punjab Assembly and four cabinet ministers from the party declared an open revolt against CM Amrinder Singh, last month. Suggesting that they have no faith in the CM’s poll promises, for the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections. Singh has also been accused by his party members of conspiring with Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
The MLAs have pleaded that they want to discuss CLP’s election strategy for the 2022 Assembly elections with the Party’s high command. While the CM’s camp has not given the MLAs any such platform.
Many MLAs have been hoping to raise issues, which could embarrass the Congress government – at the assembly session but it was decided to convene only a one-day special session.
While MLAs of the party are also expecting another round of slugfest amongst the various groups of the state units.
The disgruntled cabinet ministers, most of whom have been skipping cabinet meetings, faced a setback when Rawat initially stated that the Assembly elections for 2022 will be fought by the party under Amarinder Singh’s leadership, however immediately retracted the statement when his stance for challenged by Punjab MLA Parghat Singh.
At the same time, Amarinder Singh has also been trying to conjure support of his group of MLAs and party leaders, with a series of meetings.