Sonia Gandhi dissolves Punjab Congress committee, Sunil Jakhar to remain unit chief; party forms 11-member coordination panel

  • Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday dissolved the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and all district committees in the state with immediate effect

  • The Congress also set up an 11-member committee for ensuring better coordination between the party and the government in Punjab

  • The coordination committee will have Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and PCC president Sunil Jakhar as its members besides AICC general secretary Ambika Soni.

New Delhi: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday dissolved the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and all district committees in the state with immediate effect, though its state unit president Sunil Jakhar will remain unchanged.

 Sonia Gandhi dissolves Punjab Congress committee, Sunil Jakhar to remain unit chief; party forms 11-member coordination panel

File image of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. PTI

The Congress also set up an 11-member committee for ensuring better coordination between the party and the government in Punjab, with AICC in-charge for Punjab Asha Kumari as its chairperson.

"Congress president has constituted a coordination committee for Punjab for better coordination with the party and the government," an official communication said.

The party took the decisions a day after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Gandhi in New Delhi and held detailed discussions with her. Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and AICC secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari were also present during the meeting between Amarinder Singh and Sonia Gandhi on Monday.

The Congress president has dissolved "executive committee of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and District Congress Committees (DCCs) of Punjab with immediate effect. The president of the Punjab PCC shall remain unchanged," the statement said.

This paves the way for a revamp of the Punjab Congress which may see many new faces in the party.

The coordination committee will have Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and PCC president Sunil Jakhar as its members besides AICC general secretary Ambika Soni.

It will also have Punjab ministers Charanjit Singh Channi, Sunder Sham Arora, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Vijay Inder Singla besides PCC general secretary Sandeep Singh Sandhu and AICC secretaries Kuljit Nagra and Gurkirat Kotli.

The committee was announced after Sonia Gandhi cleared the names following deliberations with Amarinder Singh and senior party leaders on Monday. It comes a day after the party announced similar committees for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry which are all under the Congress rule.

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Updated Date: Jan 21, 2020 23:20:36 IST