“After waging a war against party high command for demanding ouster of his predecessor, former President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Partap Singh Bajwa, Captain Amarinder Singh is fast losing his grip on state unit.”
Be it because of his royal family background or desperate attempt to satisfy his ego, Captain Amarinder went all out to ensure that Partap Singh Bajwa was removed from the post of PPCC President. He went to the extent of threatening party high command of leaving the Congress party if Bajwa was not removed from the post. Putting high command in tight spot, top leadership was forced to give up in front of him. But, this only proved to be one time wonder as Congress high command is now resisting his firm opposition on major party decisions.
Resistance to Captain’s opposition
Congress has recently nominated Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo to Rajya Sabha. And it must noted here that Captain had been lobbying hard for the names of Sunil Jhakhar and Singer turned politician Hans Raj Hans as the nominee of Rajya Sabha. The party high command had announced induction of Hans Raj Hans to upper House but changed the decision in the eleventh hour due to stiff competition faced from within the party.
Captain’s autocracy fades away
Ahead of assembly polls in Punjab, Congress is leaving no stone unturned to make an impression. Internal feud and difference with party high command has affected the functioning of state unit and succumbing to pressure mounted by Captain, the party removed Bajwa from the post. But realising later that if they let go Captain’s autocratic style of functioning then it would give rise to backlash from party workers which could prove detrimental for party’s future, high command decided to resist unnecessary pressure mounted by captain.
Going by majority, Congress High command dropped Hans Raj Hans’s name the last minute and instead nominated Shamsher Singh Dullo to Rajya Sabha. It proves that there is strong resistance growing within the party against the autocratic style functioning of Captain Amarinder Singh.