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Congress row: Kumar urges party top brass to intervene

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 12

Amid the deepening divide between Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar on the one side, and two Congress MPs Partap Bajwa and Shamsher Dullo on the other side, senior party leader Ashwani Kumar has sought intervention of the party high command to urgently address the underlying causes of the intra-party conflict.

At the same time, Kumar, a former Union minister, said the Chief Minister should be readily accessible to party men so that he could suitably intervene in time to prevent avoidable aggravation of conflicts.

Expressing concern over the development, he said personal criticism in the media was not good and it only hardened positions. The party high command alone could bring a closure to the debilitating confrontation, he said.

At a time when each member of the party is a valuable asset, suspension and expulsion should only be the last resort. "Democratic leadership is about the ability to carry everyone together in a harmonious sharing of power and responsibility. Dissatisfied workers and leaders of the party cannot add to its strength and every difference of opinion on compelling issues cannot be treated as dissidence to be quelled," said Kumar, adding that at the same time, decorum and dignity of political discourse needs to be observed. While expressing grievances, the bureaucracy should not be involved in conflicts based on political decisions.

Robust inner party structures to address discontent should be put in place to give independent assessment to the leadership, said the senior leader, adding that with less than two years left before the next Assembly elections, all efforts should be made to satisfy the aspirations of party workers and leaders in the interest of unity.

from The Tribune

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