Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Sonia Gandhi sacks Sidhu; and four other State chiefs

Congress president Sonia Gandhi today sacked the party’s chiefs in the five states where it suffered massive defeats last week, taking what it called the first step towards “reorganisation”. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who took over as Punjab Congress chief eight months ago, is among the leaders asked to resign.

Those who have been asked to resign include Navjot Sidhu (Punjab), Ganesh Godiyal (Uttarakhand), Nameirakpam Loken Singh (Manipur), Ajay Kumar Lallu (UP) and Girish Chodankar (Goa).

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted that the resignations were sought to “facilitate the reorganisation” of the state Congress units.

The Congress lost Punjab to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and failed to put up a credible fight in the four states where it had hoped for a comeback – or even manage a close contest with the BJP.

The Punjab loss was the worst; the Congress collapsed after months of infighting as Sidhu clashed with veteran Amarinder Singh as well as his eleventh-hour replacement Charanjit Singh Channi.

Sonia Gandhi’s move is a follow-up to the Congress leadership meeting on Sunday to discuss the latest poll drubbings.

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