“Internal rift and a complete autocratic functioning mars Punjab unit of Congress. While internal feud never refuses to die down in state unit, there is always a tug of war among the state leaders for the post of the post of PPCC president.”
Ahead of assembly polls, the congress found itself in fix in Punjab, with former chief minister and party strongman Captain Amarinder Singh rising in revolt against then president of the party’s state unit, Partap Singh Bajwa.
It must be noted here that Amarinder Singh had threatened to quit the party if Bajwa was not removed as Pradesh Congress Committee president.
Questions arise over organizational structure
Captain’s vociferous demand not only raised questions over democratically set up structure of the party but also questioned the authority of party president Sonia Gandhi. Congress is the oldest political party in the country, which boasts of extensive history & legacy.
Amarinder Singh’s demand not only questioned the authority of the party president, Sonia Gandhi, as she had appointed Bajwa as PCC chief but it also targeted Rahul Gandhi, whose backing led to Bajwa’s appointment.
Conflicting views of Sonia and Rahul
It is a known fact that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi control the congress party across the country. But, adding to woes of party, conflicting views of mother-son duo have started surfacing in public now.
Coming out of the protective envelop of his mother, Rahul has now started taking decision on his own and majority of which backfires as congress party with it’s old school of thoughts is not in sync with Rahul’s approach.
Congress in complete mess
Rahul Gandhi is in complete favor of organizational elections and even went on hold elections for Youth congress using secret ballot. But unfortunately he couldn’t control the voice of dissent arising from his own party cadre. To bail out Rahul from the mess he had created, Sonia Gandhi pushed for advance organisational elections in the state, through the consensus method.
Sonia might have suppressed the voice of dissent to some extent but in a party where everyone wants to lead from the front, it will only work as precursor for a bigger storm!