The quickly unfolding occasions in Punjab are prone to have broad ramifications for the Congress with get together insiders fearing a groundswell of dissension in different states following the “unsavoury” exit of Amarinder Singh as chief minister.
The voices of dissent have of late turned louder within the Congress ever because the exit of many get together leaders together with Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Sushmita Dev and Priyanka Chaturvedi.
Congress leaders at the moment are in a “wait and watch” mode over the attainable ripple impact of Punjab developments in faction-ridden Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the one two states apart from Punjab the place the get together is in energy by itself.
Reflecting the unease within the get together, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday expressed the hope that Amarinder Singh “will not take any step that might trigger injury to the Congress get together” and harassed that each Congressman should assume within the curiosity of the nation.
The Congress braved a insurrection by Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan final yr and managed to save lots of its authorities led by Mr Gehlot however there may be simmering unrest within the state unit.
“Punjab developments are prone to have ramifications elsewhere. Dissensions throughout the get together could get fuelled and this can weaken the get together additional,” stated a senior chief.
One other chief famous that the choices taken in Punjab are a “self-inflicted damage” and can come at a price.
“The aspirations of leaders are sometimes too excessive to be fulfilled. The battle throughout the Congress is sure to develop for those who attempt to accommodate all aspirations, as was sought to be accomplished in Punjab by giving the MLAs a platform to talk out towards the chief minister,” stated a celebration veteran.
Sources stated that G-23, a grouping of leaders who had written to get together chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 in search of organisational overhaul, can also be ready within the wings to see the result of adjustments initiated in Punjab.
A former AICC office-bearer stated as soon as any get together heavyweight dissents within the open, issues could snowball additional, hinting at a attainable insurrection by Amarinder Singh within the run-up to Punjab meeting polls slated within the subsequent few months.
A frontrunner who didn’t want to be named stated he “felt sorry” for the get together on the method through which Punjab affairs had been dealt with.
“This would possibly result in extra inside discontent and factionalism,” feared a former minister from one of many states going through infighting.
One other chief felt the Punjab gamble was large contemplating if the Congress misplaced the state together with the others going to polls in 2022, it could be tough for the get together to get well the misplaced house forward of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Alleging that the get together management is selling dissidence, an outdated get together hand lamented that “competence and loyalty had been thought-about a drawback within the Congress today”.
Senior get together chief Kapil Sibal tweeted earlier immediately, “Altering Guard. Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Punjab. Age outdated saying: A sew in time saves 9. Will it?”.
His reference was to Congress-ruled Punjab and the sudden change of guard there.
Former union minister Ashwani Kumar stated he hoped the damage sentiments of Amarinder Singh can be assuaged quickly.
“The resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh was an disagreeable and tough state of affairs. Its ramifications are but to unfold.
“Hopefully, contemplating his contribution to the get together and the state, his damage emotions could be suitably assuaged in a way constant along with his stature and dignity. This will likely be within the curiosity of the get together,” Mr Kumar instructed PTI.
Referring to the Punjab developments, former union minister Salman Khurshid stated it was very unhappy that Amarinder Singh has resigned and hoped one thing could be labored to resolve the state of affairs.
“We’re all working in direction of unity and hope and pray that we take away our private variations and strengthen the get together additional,” Mr Khurshid stated.
Taking to Twitter, Gehlot stated that each Congressman should rise above oneself and assume within the curiosity of the nation.
“Generally the excessive command has to take selections the curiosity of the get together on the premise of suggestions from MLAs and customary folks. I personally imagine that the Congress President selects the CM on the threat of inviting displeasure of a number of leaders who’re within the race for Chief Ministership.
“Nonetheless when the identical CM is modified, he/she is displeased and holds the choice flawed. One ought to pay attention to at least one’s interior voice in such moments. I feel that it must be a matter of concern for all of the countrymen as to what route the nation is heading in direction of as a consequence of Fascist forces.
“Due to this fact, the duty of all Congressmen will increase at such instances within the curiosity of the nation. One should rise above oneself and assume within the curiosity of the nation and Congress Get together. Capt. Amarinder Singh ji is a revered chief of the get together and I hope that he’ll proceed to work sooner or later additionally maintaining the get together’s pursuits within the forefront,” he stated.
In Chhattisgarh, the tussle between Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Well being Minister TS Singh Deo has come out within the open with Deo in search of to implement the “2.5 yr CM” sharing formulation reached on the time of Congress victory.
The saga of senior leaders leaving the Congress started forward of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when the get together misplaced Haryana heavyweights Birender Singh and Rao Inderjit Singh to the BJP.
Assam Congress stalwart Himanta Biswa Sarma left for the BJP in 2015 and is now the chief minister of Assam.
Another distinguished Congress leaders and former union ministers in UPA rule who stop the get together and joined the BJP embrace S M Krishna and Jayanti Natarajan. Krishna has additionally been the previous chief minister of Karnataka and Natarajan was the Union setting minister in UPA.
Former Congress chief minister from Uttarakhand Vijay Bahuguna, former Speaker of Uttarakhand meeting Yashpal Arya, and former minister Satpal Maharaj had additionally stop the Congress to affix the BJP.
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