The dissidence sparked by the demand to alter the guards in Punjab Congress and likewise the state authorities led by Capt Amarinder Singh, has left the Congress excessive command excessive and dry.
The three-member panel arrange by the Congress excessive command, to hearken to the grievances of dissident MLAs and ministers, has discovered varied points that may make it troublesome for the get together in Punjab if the federal government is repeated.
Congress MLAs and ministers have opened Pandora’s field. The Amarinder Singh authorities’s failures to meet ballot guarantees has sparked widespread dissidence among the many get together ranks.
From sacrilege to jobs points that stung
Dissident MLAs have raised a quantity of points, together with the existence of land, sand, drug, cable and illicit liquor mafias. They have additionally accused CM Amarinder Singh of functioning in an autocratic fashion.
Moreover, the difficulty of fixing 170 instances of sacrileges has not solely aggravated the get together cadres, but additionally the widespread individuals whose non secular sentiments had been harm.
Facing opposition from rival political events and spiritual organisations, Captain’s opponents like Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pargat Singh have put their very own authorities in the dock.
Sidhu has even alleged that Captain Amarinder Singh needed to save lots of the true culprits and was functioning in tandem with the Shiromani Akali Dal. Amarinder Singh has, nevertheless, denied the allegations and openly challenged Navjot Singh Sidhu, demanding motion in opposition to him for indulging in get together indiscipline.
Meanwhile, the Congress excessive command and Captain Amarinder Singh have launched harm management measures, however has additionally come beneath heavy criticism. Captain’s determination to offer jobs to the sons of two former Congress legislatures has attracted criticism from the Opposition, which reminded the Congress of its 2017 ballot promise to offer jobs to each family.
Punjab turmoil worries Delhi
The rising turmoil in Congress ranks has left the get together leadership in deep fear. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is himself protecting tabs on the state of affairs and has made telephone calls to almost a dozen rebellious MLAs.
The three-member panel, which concluded its discussions with the get together MLAs on Wednesday, is more likely to submit its report after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh meets them on Thursday.
Sources near the get together have stated that the panel can recommend creation of two posts of Deputy Chief Ministers to placate the dissident Dalit MLAs and the camp led by Captain’s opponents.
Besides the cupboard growth, election of the Punjab Congress chief can also be due. The get together excessive command has been searching for a candidate who is appropriate to each the factions.
What is obvious is that it’s going to not be straightforward for the get together excessive command to douse the flames of discontentment among the many get together leaders.
Captain camp vs dissidents
Captain’s camp has additionally demanded motion in opposition to leaders like Navjot Singh Sidhu, Pargat Singh and others who’ve overtly spoken in opposition to the get together, which Captain Amarinder Singh has termed as indiscipline.
The infighting in Punjab Congress has come to the fore at a time when solely eight months are left for the 2022 Punjab meeting elections.
Opposition events like Aam Aadmi Party, Akali Dal and BJP have slammed the Congress leaders for being busy with their get together politics when Covid-19 killed over 14,649 individuals in Punjab.
The rising riot in opposition to Captain Amarinder Singh might not hurt his place at current as he nonetheless enjoys majority assist amongst get together MLAs, nevertheless, these developments have posed a much bigger query earlier than the get together leadership. Will 2022 Punjab meeting elections be contested beneath Captain’s leadership?