“It’s high time that the former CM and Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh should wake up and stop chasing the deceptive dream of ruling the state of Punjab”
It was after the statement issued by Congress vice-President Rahul Gandhi that the former Chief Minister got lost in day-dreams of being the Chief Minister of Punjab. Rahul had stated that once Captain is voted to power in Punjab; he would resolve to end the drug menace in the state “within one month”.
Winning Punjab can be considered as an obsession for Captain Amarinder Singh, who had lost two back-to-back elections in Punjab.
Rift between Punjab Congress stalwarts intensifies
Internal rift between party leaders have risen to a level where ahead of elections; the party is all set to face an internal fight of sort, starting with Captain’s rising revolt against then president of the party’s state unit, Partap Singh Bajwa.
Captain had put Congress high command in tight spot by threatened to quit if former PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa was not removed from the post. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had no option but to give up to captain’s unreasonable demand, which infact resulted in differences between Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. Worth mentioning here is that it was again Rahul Gandhi, who helped Bajwa to rise to the ranks of PPCC president.
Harsh ground reality
It is now an open chapter that Congress has become the junkyard of disgruntled leaders and splinter groups. While estranged Akali leader and former finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal and dissenters from BSP have already joined hands with captains, talks are on with left parties as well.
Captain, who is still dreaming to rule Punjab, should wake up and accept the fact that Punjab is not going to acknowledge him as its chief Minister.
Congress badly defeated
Under the captaincy of Capt Amarinder Singh, the Congress party had witnessed bad defeat twice in 2007 and 2012 assembly polls. Captain’s extreme anxiety before the 2017 assembly poll is pushing him hard to accumulate splinters groups and irritated leaders in the Grand old party, but would that help Captain is the main question of the hour.