The quickly unfolding occasions in Punjab are prone to have vast ramifications for the Congress with celebration 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 celebration 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 celebration is in energy by itself.
Reflecting the unease within the celebration, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday expressed the hope that Amarinder Singh “will not take any step that might trigger harm to the Congress celebration” and burdened that each Congressman should suppose within the curiosity of the nation.
The Congress braved a rebel by Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan final yr and managed to avoid wasting its authorities led by Gehlot however there may be simmering unrest within the state unit.
“Punjab developments are prone to have ramifications elsewhere. Dissensions inside the celebration might get fuelled and it will weaken the celebration additional,” stated a senior chief.
One other chief famous that the selections 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 inside the Congress is sure to develop for those who attempt to accommodate all aspirations, as was sought to be completed 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 celebration chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 looking for 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 celebration heavyweight dissents within the open, issues might snowball additional, hinting at a attainable rebel 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 celebration on the method during which Punjab affairs had been dealt with.
“This would possibly result in extra inner discontent and factionalism,” feared a former minister from one of many states dealing with 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 might be troublesome for the celebration to get better the misplaced house forward of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Alleging that the celebration management is selling dissidence, an previous celebration hand lamented that “competence and loyalty had been thought of an obstacle within the Congress as of late”.
Senior celebration chief Kapil Sibal tweeted earlier at the moment, “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 stated he hoped the harm sentiments of Amarinder Singh can be assuaged quickly.
“The resignation of Capt Amarinder Singh was an disagreeable and troublesome scenario. Its ramifications are but to unfold.
“Hopefully, contemplating his contribution to the celebration and the state, his harm emotions could be suitably assuaged in a fashion constant along with his stature and dignity. This will probably be within the curiosity of the celebration,” Kumar informed 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 scenario.
“We’re all working in the direction of unity and hope and pray that we take away our private variations and strengthen the celebration additional,” Khurshid stated.
Taking to Twitter, Gehlot stated that each Congressman should rise above oneself and suppose within the curiosity of the nation.
“Generally the excessive command has to take choices the curiosity of the celebration on the premise of suggestions from MLAs and customary folks. 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 improper. One ought to pay attention to at least one’s interior voice in such moments. I believe that it must be a matter of concern for all of the countrymen as to what path the nation is heading in the direction of as a result of Fascist forces.
“Subsequently, the duty of all Congressmen will increase at such occasions within the curiosity of the nation. One should rise above oneself and suppose within the curiosity of the nation and Congress Celebration. Capt. Amarinder Singh ji is a revered chief of the celebration and I hope that he’ll proceed to work sooner or later additionally preserving the celebration’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 looking for 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 celebration 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 celebration 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 stop the Congress to hitch the BJP.