The quickly unfolding occasions in Punjab are more likely 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 because the 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 attainable 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 harassed that each Congressman should assume within the curiosity of the nation.
The Congress braved a insurrection by Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan final 12 months and managed to save lots of its authorities led by Mr Gehlot however there’s simmering unrest within the state unit.
“Punjab developments are more likely to have ramifications elsewhere. Dissensions throughout the occasion could get fuelled and this can weaken the occasion additional,” mentioned a senior chief.
One other chief famous that the selections taken in Punjab are a “self-inflicted damage” and can come at a value.
“The aspirations of leaders are sometimes too excessive to be fulfilled. The battle throughout the Congress is sure to develop should you attempt to accommodate all aspirations, as was sought to be completed in Punjab by giving the MLAs a platform to talk out towards the chief minister,” mentioned a celebration veteran.
Sources mentioned that G-23, a grouping of leaders who had written to occasion chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 in search of organisational overhaul, can also be ready within the wings to see the end result of adjustments initiated in Punjab.
A former AICC office-bearer mentioned as soon as any occasion 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 mentioned he “felt sorry” for the occasion on the method through which Punjab affairs have 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 enormous contemplating if the Congress misplaced the state together with the others going to polls in 2022, it could be troublesome 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 previous occasion hand lamented that “competence and loyalty have been thought of an obstacle within the Congress lately”.
Senior occasion chief Kapil Sibal tweeted earlier in the present day, “Altering Guard. Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Punjab. Age previous 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 mentioned he hoped the damage sentiments of Amarinder Singh could be assuaged quickly.
“The resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh was an disagreeable and troublesome state of affairs. Its ramifications are but to unfold.
“Hopefully, contemplating his contribution to the occasion and the state, his damage emotions may be suitably assuaged in a way constant along with his stature and dignity. This can be within the curiosity of the occasion,” Mr Kumar advised PTI.
Referring to the Punjab developments, former union minister Salman Khurshid mentioned it was very unhappy that Amarinder Singh has resigned and hoped one thing may be labored to resolve the state of affairs.
“We’re all working in the direction of unity and hope and pray that we take away our private variations and strengthen the occasion additional,” Mr Khurshid mentioned.
Taking to Twitter, Gehlot mentioned 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 occasion on the idea 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 flawed. One ought to pay attention to 1’s internal voice in such moments. I believe that it needs to be a matter of concern for all of the countrymen as to what path the nation is heading in the direction of because of Fascist forces.
“Due to this fact, the accountability of all Congressmen will increase at such occasions 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 retaining the occasion’s pursuits within the forefront,” he mentioned.
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 12 months CM” sharing system 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 distinguished Congress leaders and former union ministers in UPA rule who give up the occasion 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 surroundings 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 give up the Congress to hitch the BJP.
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