Amidst the ongoing turmoil in the Punjab Congress, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday met and had lunch with his ministers, Congress MLAs and other senior party leaders belonging to the urban areas of the state at his official residence. During this, about 35 senior Congress leaders, including 6 ministers, were present.
Although this meeting is being called to discuss the development works including the problems of the urban area and their solutions, in the eyes of the political experts, this meeting was a show of strength by the Captain. This meeting is being seen in connection with the intensification in the politics of Punjab after the meeting of MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Delhi last Wednesday.
However, after the meeting, the Chief Minister tweeted that he had fruitful discussions with senior Congress colleagues of urban areas. He said that their feedback was taken to strengthen the party at the grassroots level.
According to the information, Ministers Brahm Mahindra, O.P. Soni, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Vijay Inder Singla, Sundar Shama Arora, MLA Raj Kumar Verka, Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Lal Singh, among others, were present in the meeting. Former minister Ashwani Sekhri also attended the meeting, regarding whom there were speculations about joining the SAD a few days ago.
However, according to political analysts, through this meeting the Chief Minister has tried to hit many targets with one arrow. In their opinion, by meeting with the ministers and leaders of the urban area, he sent a strong message that the Hindu leadership cannot be ignored, if there was a change in the organisational structure of the party. At the same time, he has given a message to the opposition camp about his hold over the party and the government.