After Sirsa’s release, the Punjab Congress is wary of keeping the herd together
On the day Shiromani Akali Dal’s leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa joined the BJP, the Punjab Congress called the development a “setback for the CAS” but said it was closely monitoring political developments ahead of the elections. at the 2022 Assembly.
Even though some leaders mocked the SAD saying that Sirsa was their leader and Congress had nothing to lose, a few party leaders said they should watch the BJP’s strategy as the party would spare no effort to consolidate its position in the state, especially after repealing the agricultural laws. “Everyone knows that the captain (Amarinder Singh) is considered a nationalist leader by the Punjabi Hindus. We wrote it off for the anti-functioning it faces in the state. But we must pay attention to developments. By taking Sirsa, the BJP, in its wisdom, attempted to strike a masterstroke. This is another point that it is known as an RSS product in Punjab. So his membership in the BJP would have no effect, ”said a congressional official.
He added that by taking Sirsa into the bosom of the party, the BJP had proven that it did not understand panthic politics.
“Our concern is not Sirsa. Our concern is “what comes next”. We do not know what tug of war they use to get leaders into their party folds. Reportedly, Union Minister Amit Shah’s team also called some leaders of Congress. “
While Sirsa’s membership created a float in the Punjab, Congress was also embarrassed by the High Court which granted relief to Amarinder loyalist and mayor of Patiala, Sanjeev Sharma Bittu, who was suspended by the minister. of Local Organizations Brahm Mohindra after failing the ground test. Congress leaders have discussed among themselves whether this would be a blow in the arm for the Amarinder camp.
In addition, the former CM is meeting Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda on Saturday, according to Amarinder’s OSD, Major Amardeep Singh.
He said the former CM would leave for Delhi on Friday. The meeting will be very well attended.
“The BJP has yet to reveal its cards. Only the captain said he would forge an alliance with the BJP. Let’s see, ”said a party leader. Congress relied on engaged Hindu and Dalit voters, especially after the party appointed Charanjit Singh Channi as CM.
“We are concerned about the swinging Hindu voters, who make or break the party. Let’s see which way they go. If they go to BJP, then we’ll have a problem. We know the BJP is hated by rural voters after the agitation of the farm law. Sirsa would not be able to turn this hatred into love for the BJP, ”said a party leader.