New Delhi: A three-member AICC panel set up to end factionalism in the Punjab Congress submitted its report to party chief Sonia Gandhi today.
As per the sources, the panel said that disgruntled former Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu cannot be ignored.
He should be accommodated in the State unit either as Deputy CM or chairman of the poll campaign committee, the panel recommended.
The Committee also said that all vacant posts in state organization must be filled and a decision on State president must also be made.
The panel chaired by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is comprised of AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat and former MP JP Aggarwal.
Sources further said that Sidhu’s name is doing the rounds for the post of deputy chief minister of Punjab and the final decision will be taken by Sonia Gandhi.
The panel earlier held deliberations with a number of leaders from the state ahead of next year's assembly elections in the state.
Sources told IANS that the panel has not recommended the removal of the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and he is likely to lead the party in the next elections.
While Amarinder Singh is averse to Sidhu being elevated to the post of Deputy CM he is ready to accommodate him in the cabinet.
The report further states that Captain Amarinder Singh is in a strong position and is the biggest face of the party in the state.
The rift in the Punjab Congress came out in the open after Sidhu along with Pargat Singh opened a front against the Chief Minister following which the AICC had to constitute a committee to resolve the infighting.