The quickly unfolding occasions in Punjab are prone to have broad ramifications for the Congress with occasion 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 for the reason that exit of many occasion leaders together with Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Sushmita Dev and Priyanka Chaturvedi.
Congress leaders are actually in a “wait and watch” mode over the potential ripple impact of Punjab developments in faction-ridden Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the one two states aside from Punjab the place the occasion is in energy by itself.
Reflecting the unease within the occasion, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday expressed the hope that Amarinder Singh “will not take any step that would trigger harm to the Congress occasion” and confused that each Congressman should assume within the curiosity of the nation.
The Congress braved a revolt by Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan final 12 months 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 inside the occasion could get fuelled and it will weaken the occasion additional,” stated a senior chief.
One other chief famous that the selections taken in Punjab are a “self-inflicted harm” and can come at a price.
“The aspirations of leaders are sometimes too excessive to be fulfilled. The battle inside the Congress is sure to develop when you attempt to accommodate all aspirations, as was sought to be finished in Punjab by giving the MLAs a platform to talk out in opposition to the chief minister,” stated a celebration veteran.
Sources stated that G-23, a grouping of leaders who had written to occasion chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 searching for organisational overhaul, can be ready within the wings to see the result of adjustments initiated in Punjab.
A former AICC office-bearer stated as soon as any occasion heavyweight dissents within the open, issues could snowball additional, hinting at a potential revolt 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 occasion on the method through which Punjab affairs have been dealt with.
“This may 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 big contemplating if the Congress misplaced the state together with the others going to polls in 2022, it could be tough for the occasion to get well the misplaced area forward of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Alleging that the occasion management is selling dissidence, an outdated occasion hand lamented that “competence and loyalty have been thought of an obstacle within the Congress nowadays”.
Senior occasion chief Kapil Sibal tweeted earlier right now, “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 could 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 occasion and the state, his damage emotions might be suitably assuaged in a way constant along with his stature and dignity. This might be within the curiosity of the occasion,” 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 might 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 occasion additional,” Mr Khurshid stated.
Taking to Twitter, Gehlot stated that each Congressman should rise above oneself and assume within the curiosity of the nation.
“Typically the excessive command has to take selections the curiosity of the occasion on the premise of suggestions from MLAs and customary individuals. I personally imagine that the Congress President selects the CM on the danger of inviting displeasure of a number of leaders who’re within the race for Chief Ministership.
“Nevertheless when the identical CM is modified, he/she is displeased and holds the choice incorrect. One ought to hear to at least one’s interior voice in such moments. I feel that it ought to be a matter of concern for all of the countrymen as to what course the nation is heading in direction of on account 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 Social gathering. Capt. Amarinder Singh ji is a revered chief of the occasion and I hope that he’ll proceed to work sooner or later additionally conserving the occasion’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 searching for to implement the “2.5 12 months CM” sharing components 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 occasion 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 outstanding Congress leaders and former union ministers in UPA rule who stop the occasion and joined the BJP embody 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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