New Delhi, July 1 -- : Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met the party's Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu in meetings that seemed to suggest that the lawmaker, a trenchant critic of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, has the ear of the Gandhis, although one party insider sought to explain the meeting as a "balancing act".

It was not clear whether Sidhu, who wants to become the Congress state president, received any assurance from the Gandhis. But the back-to-back meetings indicated that the Congress top leadership was still sympathetic to Sidhu despite his rebellion against Singh.

Sidhu, a former cricketer and television personality, has been particularly critical of the CM in ...