Congress takes stock: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, October 21
While Punjab affairs official Harish Rawat maintains that Capt Amarinder Singh’s announcement on the formation of a new party will not pose a threat to Congress in Punjab, the party leadership has started to assess on the field a possible impact of this decision.
The party harmed its own interests: ex-cm
- The captain said Congress had harmed his own interests by not trusting him and instead turning to “an unstable person like Sidhu who is true only to himself”
- Party leaders admit ex-MC may play spoilers by poaching disgruntled leaders
- Sources say ACEC observer Harish Chaudhary takes comments from MPs and other sources into account on possible fallout from ex-CM’s pre-poll alliance with BJP
Faced with opposition to power, despite the replacement of Captain Amarinder by Charanjit Singh Channi as chief minister, party leaders admit that the former CM can play the spoilsport by poaching disgruntled leaders or those who have been excluded from the distribution of tickets. “Keeping the flock together is a tough job for leaders,” said one senior leader.
Sources familiar with the discussion said AICC observer Harish Chaudhary, who was camping in Chandigarh, had heard from party MPs and other sources on the possible fallout from Captain Amarinder wishing to strike an alliance. prior to the ballot with the BJP, in case of a solution favorable to the farmers stir.
A feedback survey to assess the situation was also underway, we learn.
Rajya Sabha MP and former CPC leader Shamsher Singh Dullo said that despite the CM’s face change, some of the tainted ministers were still in the Cabinet. The Mafia label is still attached to the government of Congress. “The surgery should have been for a total overhaul of the Cabinet.”
With Sidhu setting out his 13-point agenda, in addition to seeking a change in the attorney general and strict action in the drug trafficking case, it will be a challenge for CM Channi to get rid of the “fixed correspondence” narrative. attached to the old CM.
“The party leadership is evaluating the impact of the BJP in giving Capt Amarinder a key role in finding a solution to the farmers’ unrest in the 2022 legislative elections, especially in the reserved and urban constituencies. It is assumed that Captain Amarinder could breach the urban vote bank, ”said a congressman from Doaba.