“With assembly elections in Punjab scheduled in around ten month from now, the state unit of the Congress has been hoping to shift the winning wave in its favour but, instead, it appears to have got into a self-destruction mode.”
Out of power for around a decade now, Congress is doing all that is possible to rule Punjab state once again. State chief, Captain Amarinder Singh on the other hand is leaving no stone unturned to make a mark in his last elections as captain has already officially announced to hang his boots after 2017 elections. In an ideal situation both these factors would have consolidated the party and given it firm foothold but instead, the already fragmented state unit of Congress has been reduced to splinter groups.
Captain’s open war against Congress
Captain Amarinder Singh had been fighting an open battle with state former Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa for nearly three years. Waging a war against the top leadership Captain ensured that Bajwa was ousted from the post.
Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi had backed the candidature of Bajwa for the post of President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) and initially he didn’t seem to be arm-twisted easily for Bajwa’s removal. Out of desperation due to Punjab polls, Rahul succumbed to pressure built up over the last couple of years by Captain Amarinder for a change in the state leadership.
Conflicting views of mother-son duo
It is a known fact mother-son duo of Sonia and Rahul controls the party across the country. But, conflicting views of mother-son duo are adding to woes faced by the party. Coming out of the protective envelop of his mother, Rahul has emerged as a senior leader, who is capable of taking crucial decision on his own. But unfortunately for him, majority of the decision taken by him backfires as congress party with its old school of thoughts is not in sync with Rahul’s approach.