Looking to ‘sink differences’, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder invites Navjot Sidhu for lunch

Looking to ‘sink differences’, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder invites Navjot Sidhu for lunch

Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu. File photo

Tribune News Service 

Chandigarh, November 24

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday invited former Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for lunch on Wednesday.

The two leaders have been cold-shouldering each other in the past and it would perhaps be their first meeting to bury the hatchet.  

The two leaders are expected to discuss state and national politics over the luncheon meeting, Chief Minister's Media Adviser Raveen Thukral tweeted.

Sidhu has been lying low ever since his resignation from the state Cabinet in July last year.

Political observers told IANS the efforts of Congress' state in charge Harish Rawat have borne results as he was instrumental in pacifying Sidhu.

He had called Sidhu a "national asset" because of his reputation as a crowd puller and hinted at a national role for him in the party.

Both Amarinder Singh and Sidhu shared the stage on November 4 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on the farmers' issue where all Punjab Congress MLAs and ministers protested against the Union government over the recently-passed farm laws.

Sidhu greeted the Chief Minister before his speech, in which he said that the "Union government wants to suppress the voice of Punjab Chief Minister and MLAs and this will not be allowed".

The Chief Minister reciprocated the gesture and mentioned Sidhu's name. Sidhu and Amarinder Singh then attacked the Centre for favouring corporates over the existing system of 'mandis'. — With IANS

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