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Hope Navjot Singh Sidhu will decide to join cabinet: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: A day after meeting his former cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh expressed the hope that Sidhu would “soon take a decision on joining back.” In a conciliatory move, he also indicated that he wouldn’t mind if other party leaders who have been critical of him in the past, joined his team.
Replying to a question on Sidhu’s rehabilitation in the state cabinet, Amarinder said, “Everyone wants him to be part of our team.”
He added Sidhu, whom he had known since he was a child, would soon take a decision on joining back. “Navjot had tea with me and we had a cordial meeting. He has sought some time, let him have his time. I’m sure he will be a part of our team,” said the chief minister.
‘Will be happy to have Bajwa, Dullo in team’
He added Sidhu, whom he had known since he was a child, would soon take a decision on joining back. “Navjot had tea with me and we had a cordial meeting. He has sought some time, let him have his time. I’m sure he will be a part of our team,” said the chief minister.
Asked about speculations about Sidhu being keen on the post of deputy chief minister or Congress state president, Amarinder said, “That is up to the Congress president. That is not for me or Sunil Jakhar (state president) to decide,” and added while laughing, “If he wants my job, he can take it.” Amarinder also said that he would be happy to have Rajya Sabha MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Dullo — who have been critical of him in the past — as part of the team. “In a difficult hour, you have to set aside your own ambitions and stand with the party. Bajwa, for instance, has been with the Congress from the beginning, he came from the Youth Congress. Everyone will be happy if the Congress party is united,” he said.
Sources said that during Amarinder’s meeting the previous day, Sidhu was given the offer to return to the state cabinet and a few portfolios were also discussed. However, no formal announcement was made by either side. Earlier, after sustained efforts by Harish Rawat, party in-charge of Punjab affairs, Amarinder had invited Sidhu for lunch in November last year. It was seen as a meeting to break the ice between the two leaders after Sidhu resigned as power minister in July, 2019.

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