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Punjab Congress heading to an irreparable loss

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Published on July 12, 2021 with No Comments

The tussle between Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and his former cabinet minister Navjot Sindh Sidhu continues unabated despite efforts from the party’s top leadership. Just fifteen days back, Captain couldn’t manage a meeting with Congress High Command, though he was in Delhi for good three days.   In his over two-hour-long meeting last Wednesday with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra , and then later with Rahul Gandhi, Sidhu is said to have been offered “an important role” to appease him. Whether all sides, including CM Amarinder Singh, can come on board with the yet- unspecified ‘role’ for Sidhu remains to be seen. What is significant, however, is that Sidhu was able to secure an audience with both Priyanka and Rahul on the same day. What can you offer a person who has refused a cabinet berth, the post of Deputy Chief Minister, and claims that he only wants to address the issues that have taken Punjab back by year. He doesn’t spare the ten year rule of Badals and even Capt. Amarinder Singh.  Sidhu’s last meeting with the Gandhi’s and his marathon interviews with almost twelve TV channels in one day only reaffirms what he has often suggested in the past: that he was ‘handpicked’ by the Gandhis when he made his switch from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the Congress in 2016, just months before the 2017 Punjab assembly election.

Sidhu’s ‘remonstrance are manifold. He gives an impression that Congress government in Punjab by not fulfilling the promises made before the last assembly election has left the Punjabis in distress. Joining him are a good number of MLAs who allege that  Capt Amarinder Singh hasn’t acted against the drug racketeers or the sand and transport mafia; and they are not in a position to go back to electorates.  Punjab goes to poll along with other four states in February 2022, and till sometime back Congress looked certain to win the state. However, the situation doesn’t appear to be same as leaders in Punjab Congress are busy with their own agenda.  However, there is no armistice in sight. The Congress MLAs have knocked at the doors of 10 Janpath with their grievances against Amarinder Singh. MLAs complain that chief minister remains inaccessible to them and the local administration of their districts treat them as outsiders. They have conveyed how powerless they are as the Chief Minister prefers to stay within the confines of his palaces.  Close to forty MLAs have apprised the Congress high command that voters were not satisfied with the government’s handling of the sacrilege case.  The people’s anger at the unresolved issue of sacrilege is likely to be directed at the Badals and Amarinder Singh. The incidents took place during the regime of the Badals. Amarinder Singh had vowed but failed to bring the guilty to book. 

With farmer agitation at peak and having taken  BJP and SAD to task, they wouldn’t be in favor of getting Congress party back in Punjab. High Command is left with not much options as it can neither upset Capt Amarinder Singh nor please  Navjot Singh Sidhu. By staying away from taking a decisive action, it is only letting mass base of Congress in Punjab get eroded.

 

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