CHANDIGARH: The luncheon diplomacy that Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh hosted here on Tuesday reportedly witnessed his loyalists among the party MLAs in the state calling upon him to take a proactive role in Punjab politics
According to sources, of the total 43 Congress MLAs, 26 were present at the Sector 10 residence of former Punjab Chief Minister, while six others, who could not make it to the power lunch, pledged their support to the former Punjab CM over the phone.
They urged him to concentrate on the state politics, rather than spending more time in Delhi, and interact with party workers at the grassroots to rejuvenate and boost their morale.
The legislators said Amarinder was likely to crisscross the state in the next three months to take on the SAD-BJP Government and bolster the confidence of the party workers.
Amarinder loyalists were of the view that as an MP from Amritsar he could chalk out his own strategy to strengthen the party, instead of hankering after political posts like state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa.
At his meeting with Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi on June 8, Amarinder had requested them to remove Bajwa as Punjab Pradesh Congress Commiteee chief.