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Bhattal to be Deputy CM
Prashant Sood
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9
Keen to settle the grievances of its MLAs in Punjab following the downsizing of the Amarinder ministry, the Congress is working on a formula to give adequate representation to those loyal to senior party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in the appointment of parliamentary secretaries and to state boards and corporations.

Sources said the central leadership had also decided that Ms Bhattal would continue as Deputy Chief Minister. It is, however, still not certain if she would retain her portfolios.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who met party President Sonia Gandhi yesterday, discussed with her the appointment of parliamentary secretaries and portfolio allocation. The sources said certain senior Congress leaders were not in the favour of appointing a large number of parliamentary secretaries, as it would be against the spirit behind downsizing. The Congress central leadership has not taken a final view in the matter.

Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh and former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar met AICC leaders today to suggest ways to strengthen the party in Punjab. Meanwhile, Capt Amarinder Singh today met lawyers in the Capital on the SYL canal issue. He also had informal discussions with some ministers of the UPA government.
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