NEW DELHI: Almost a month after it was snubbed badly in Punjab, the Congress on Saturday appointed Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, a close aide of former party chief Rahul Gandhi as the president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, replacing cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Sidhu had resigned last month following the party’s dismal show in the state assembly elections.
Warring is among the 18 MLAs who won their seats for the Congress in the recently-concluded assembly elections.
Former state minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu has been appointed as the working president of state unit while Pratap Singh Bajwa and Dr Raj Kumar Chabbewal were roped in as new Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and deputy CLP leader, respectively.
Sidhu was made the Punjab Congress chief in July last year despite apprehensions from the chief minister and senior party leader Captain Amarinder Singh who later resigned from the top post, quit the party, and floated the Punjab Lok Congress ahead of elections.
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had lost from both the seats he contested while Sidhu also failed to retain the Amrisltsar East assembly seat.