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Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to stay on as Punjab Congress chief for now, sources say

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Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to stay on as Punjab Congress chief, for now, sources say, with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi reportedly agreeing to withdraw a top appointment in their meeting today, the first since Mr. Sidhu suddenly resigned on Tuesday.

“Sidhu Sahab Maan Gaye Hain (Sidhu has relented),” said sources after the two leaders emerged smiling from the three-hour-long meeting.

Mr. Sidhu had been upset about key appointments including those of ministers, the police chief, and the Attorney General. Sources say Mr. Channi has accepted Mr. Sidhu’s demand on at least one of those sticking points. The details of the agreement would be revealed in Delhi, said sources.

Signs of a compromise were visible when Mr. Sidhu drove down from Patiala to Chandigarh in the afternoon. “Chief Minister has invited me for talks … will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 PM today, he is welcome for any discussions!” – Mr. Sidhu tweeted.

Mohammad Mustafa, an adviser to Navjot Sidhu, had also told that the “issue will be resolved soon”.

“The Congress leadership understands Navjot Sidhu and Sidhu is not beyond the Congress leadership. He is not Amarinder Singh, who never cared for the Congress and its leadership,” Mr. Mustafa said.

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