Chandigarh: The Congress’ campaign for 2017 Assembly elections is in a disarray. The only Congressman seen holding rallies or inter-action with people is Captain Amarinder Singh, who is also the president of state unit of the party.
Discordant notes have started surfacing with Partap Singh Bajwa, MP and former state unit chief Shamsher Singh Dullo speaking against the campaign style of Capt Amarinder Singh. As the election nears the rift in the party is coming to the fore. The two stalwarts are opposing the induction of disgruntled Akalis into the party fold. A promise is being made to allot tickets to them.
Former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has tried to shield her differences with Capt Amarinder Singh. But on Sunday, Captain said that sitting MLAs will not be allowed to change their constituencies. Bhattal, it is reported wanted to shift to Sunam instead of Lehragaga constituency but Amarinder has put a full stop at the proposal.
She, however, told Daily Post that the party was united under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh. She put forward a defence by saying that the party leadership has been divided into groups which have been tasked to conduct four rallies every day.
To a question she said that it was the media which was not covering the electioneering by other Congress leaders. It was only Captain who was being given publicity.
It may be remembered that Capt had engaged Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) owned by Prashant Kishore at a hefty fee to create an aura of a king around the state president. It is a different matter that there are reports of differences between I-PAC and Captain.
The old guard is not being involved in the campaign. An insider revealed that outwardly it is proclaimed that Sonia Gandhi will be deciding allotment of tickets in first week of Dec.
Parties other than Congress have already declared their candidates fully or partly. During the previous elections Rebel congressmen contested the polls after allegedly being funded by the SAD.
This time also SAD is strong in finances and experience so it might try to prop up rebel Congressmen for contesting elections. Huge sums were allegedly gifted to the rebel Congressmen on the condition that they would not take back their nominations as a result Congress lost to Akalis for the second consecutive term.
This time another strong contender for power in the field is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). It is riding “a sort of wave” in its favour which recently got somewhat mellowed down as the SAD became vociferous over SYL issue. But still there is time for the real picture to emerge when votes are polled.
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