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Post Rajasthan, Congress to deal with dissidence in Punjab

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 13

After defusing the month-long crisis in the Rajasthan Congress, former party president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are expected to intervene in the ongoing feud in the Punjab Congress. It has been almost two weeks since the war of words between the Capt Amarinder Singh-led camp and the camp of party MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo escalated.

Ongoing feud

  • Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are expected to intervene in the ongoing feud.
  • Party leaders said Priyanka's role in the crisis could be important in bringing Navjot Singh Sidhu back into the party mainstream in the run up to the 2022 polls.

However, it may not happen immediately as the party leadership is busy with its issues and the likely coronation of Rahul Gandhi as the party president.

Sources in the party said efforts by the two Rajya Sabha MPs and PPCC president Sunil Jakhar to have an audience with party president Sonia Gandhi had not yielded any results. While Jakhar has sought Bajwa and Dullo's expulsion, the two MPs have sought replacement of the Chief Minister and the PPCC president.

Dullo said: "I have sought an audience with the party president. I hope the leadership will listen to us while handling the report sent by Jakhar."

Bajwa said he would seek Sonia and Rahul Gandhi's intervention so that a retake of the Rajasthan episode did not happen. The MP has already demanded that each party MLA should be called to Delhi to elicit their independent view on the functioning of the Congress government in the state and an independent survey of various sections of society be conducted to know the ground realty on the popularity of the Chief Minister. Though Bajwa's camp has been claiming that MLAs are agitated and were ready to speak, the Chief Minister has so far checkmated his opponents by using the carrot and stick policy with his legislators.

Bajwa has been regularly targeting Capt Amarinder over the tragic deaths in the spurious liquor tragedy and is going all out to nail the Chief Minister. In the process, he is also trying to project himself as an alternative to the Chief Minister.

Senior party leaders also do not rule out a link between the much-delayed list of PPCC office-bearers and the ongoing feud between the two camps.



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