Chandigarh: AICC general secretary and Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat flew down to meet Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday amid escalating tensions in the Punjab Congress unit.

The visit comes a day after Amarinder expressed his reservations to party president Sonia Gandhi on giving a key post to party colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu. There is intense speculation that the cricketer-turned politician may be appointed state Congress chief.

Rawat's visit is being seen as an effort to placate Amarinder who is opposed to making Sidhu the party's state unit chief.

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