Congress infighting: Amarinder Singh okay with Dalit deputy CM but puts ‘conditions’

Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu have been engaged in a bitter war of words. Sidhu has publicly attacked the chief minister over an SIT report on the sacrilege issue in Punjab.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said that a Dalit should be made the deputy CM, adding that he is in favour of creating 2-3 posts of the deputy CM, sources said.

Appearing before a three-member Congress panel on Friday in Delhi, Singh said that a deputy CM is seen as a successor of the Chief Minister and he doesn’t want any leader to be projected as his successor, sources told India TV. This is the reason why Singh wants more than one deputy Chief Minister in the state, sources said.

Earlier today, Singh met the panel set up by the Congress high command to resolve infighting in the party’s state unit and apprised it of efforts to unite the party, as well as preparedness for the upcoming assembly polls. He met the panel headed by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge at the party headquarters at Akbar Road here. AICC secretary general in charge for Punjab Harish Rawat and former MP J P Aggarwal are members of the panel.

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