Embroiled within an internal tussle in the state of Punjab, Congress has decided to resolve the issue. Before CM Captain Amarinder Singh left for the national capital, the Punjab Congress announced on Twitter that three AAP MLAs had joined hands with the grand old party. Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira along with Bhadaur MLA Pirmal Singh and Maur MLA Jagdev Singh Kamalu are now the newest members of INC Punjab.
Sukhpal Khaira was a congressman until he quit the party in 2015. He joined the AAP and contested elections in 2017, which he won. However, he quit the primary membership of the party in January 2019 and launched his political outfit; Punjabi Ekta Party. While the reason is not yet clear, this comes as a shock to the AAP.
The CM will meet a three-member panel to resolve the infighting between him and MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu and strengthen the party before the state assembly elections next year. The panel consists of Mallikarjun Kharge, former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat, and former MP JP Aggarwal. Sonia Gandhi constitutes this team.
Many Congress MPs and leaders now say that there is no infighting among the members. They claim that these are just routine electoral exercises and that no internal issues prevail within the Punjab Congress. This poses a serious threat to the party as they are already struggling to remain relevant under the Gandhi family. With many internal differences and pro-dynasty politics on the rise in Congress, it is not impossible that someday only privileged people will remain in the party.
AAP is trying hard to establish a voter base in the state of Punjab, and with a shocker like this, they should be worried. The upcoming 2022 elections can prove to be a game-changer for AAP; but if things go on like this, they are in for big trouble as Congress already has a stable voter base. The image of Captain Amarinder Singh itself is enough to garner votes in the northern state. The deteriorating condition of the national capital is visible to all. Before thinking of contesting Punjab elections, there are many areas where Arvind Kejriwal should work on.
Congress should not get their hopes up. While there is less competition in Punjab, these internal factions are a real problem. With senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal not happy with the incompetent, perjurer, and delusional Rahul Gandhi, the increase in defections is a cause to worry. Congress needs to amend its party policies.
It is known for a fact that the ideology that Congress leaders are expected to follow is supporting the Gandhi family in whatever they do; be it vaccine wastage, overpricing vaccine scandal, or spreading fear in the masses regarding social issues. A party whose leaders expect blind support from their leaders is a step closer towards dictatorship. Any form of dissent is regarded as anti-party activity and no internal elections are held. This shows the reality of the champions of free speech known as the Gandhi family.
It is high time that the party experiences an ideological change as they will cease to exist at this rate. The image of Congress within many communities is fading and Rahul Gandhi is solely responsible for this selfish behaviour of his party. Nepotism has destroyed Congress, but the lesson is not clear to many leaders in the party. Instead of celebrating BJPs losses, Congress should try and revive itself, or else nepotism and silly laws within the party can prove to be the next Nathuram Godse.
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