Congress is suffering from “no alternative to Captain” syndrome

“Congress in Punjab is not able to find a tall leader with mass appeal and failing to find an alternative had no option but to resort to Captain Amarinder Singh for the post of state president.”


Captain has been an inconsistent politician. He is deputy leader of the Lok Sabha but he never bothered to attend the budget session of parliament. Nothing of that mattered when Amritsar MP, Captain Amarinder Singh embarked on a state tour of Punjab for a show of strength. Lack of leadership and chaotic affairs in the state unit of party has reduced the party on a verge of collapse.

Internal feud

In the run-up to assembly polls, former chief minister and party strongman Captain Amarinder Singh had put the party in fix in Punjab. Captain Amarinder Singh waged a war against party high command for the ouster of then state president Partap Singh Bajwa. Amarinder Singh had threatened to quit the party if Bajwa was not removed from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president.

 Best bet in midst of leadership vacuum

Congress is going through a severe crisis of leadership in Punjab. Majority of the leaders in Congress consider him as the party’s best bet in Punjab due to leadership vacuum being created the state. Though he doesn’t boast of a legacy of credible political leader but in current context, he is considered the most reliable option.

Not left with any other credible face with mass appeal, Congress high command was left with no option but go back to Captain as the state leader. His dubious reputation of living royal life who is not just inaccessible to public al large but also the party cadre, didn’t deter the congress high command to put its weight behind captain.


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