Jalandhar: Ahead of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Jalandhar for a dharna on Monday against drugs and law & order problem in poll bound Punjab, infighting among the congress leaders came to the fore once again raising questions over the party’s functioning. From the senior congress leaders to the local party workers, all remained confined to groupism from top to bottom. A majority of the leaders also put up pictures of meetings conducted by them on Facebook, apparently in a bid to prove show of strength but that in turn brought party infighting out in the open.
On the other hand, the sudden announcement of Kamal Nath’s name as the Punjab Affairs incharge also left the congress leaders in a tizzy, as all the billboards carried the pictures of Shakeel Ahmed, congress general secretary and ex-Punjab Affairs incharge till evening. Notably, the billboards put up by the congress leaders also showed the rampant groupism within the party, as the local leaders ensured that rivals didn’t get space. The billboard put up by Municipal Corporation councilor Sushil Rinku, who was eyeing the crucial Jalandhar West urban dalit seat in the forthcoming elections ensured that the pictures of ex- MP and senior congress leader Mohinder Singh Kaypee was not carried.
Senior congress leader and ex-Transport Minister Avtar Singh Henry’s pictures were also missing from Rinku’s boards. Interestingly, councilor Sushil Rinku’s party meeting was supported by none other than Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, who were known for differences with Mohinder Singh Kaypee. While Kaypee was missing from the meeting conducted by Rinku in Jalandhar West assembly segment on Sunday, Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh along with his son ex-Punjab Youth Congress chief Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary was at the forefront in his meeting.
The Chaudhary father-son had also put up pictures of meeting with Rinku on Facebook. Similarly, Congress leader Tejinder Singh Bittu, who was a ticket claimant from Jalandhar Cantt assembly seat also didn’t carry the picture of any local leader. His billboards carried the pictures of Priyanka Gandhi alone. In Jalandhar Central assembly segment, Congress Jalandhar (Urban) president Rajinder Beri held a good show of strength while ex-MLA from the same constituency Raj Kumar Gupta held a separate meeting.
Capt supporters skip Dullo’s meeting
Fatehgarh: SahibSupporters of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh preferred to skip the meeting presided over by former PPCC president and Rajya Sabha member Shamsher Singh Dullo. Dullo presided over a meeting of Bassi Pathana area party workers at local Lions Bhawan. Senior Congress leader and Jat Maha Sabha district president Amritpal Singh Tiwana, who is presently active in Bassi Pathana area and his close confident and former Market Committee, Sirhind chairman Ranjit Singh Tarkhan Majra was absent. IAmairnder’s other supporter Harnek Singh Tiwana, who is also claimant of the party’s ticket from Bassi Pathana did not attend Dullo’s meeting. However, other ticket claimant Rupinder Singh Happy, who is close to Fatehgarh Sahib Congress MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra, participated in the meeting.
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