Category: Rajya Sabha seat

Congress strategist Prashant Kishor faces major revolt after taking over

“Immediately after taking over the reigns of Punjab unit of Congress party, its chief strategist, Prashant Kishor faced major revolt within party in the wake of nomination for Rajya Sabha. The party might have able to douse the fire by going with majority views but Prashant Kishore faces the daunting task of handling Punjab Congress troubled with infighting.”

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 Congress Party might be hoping that Prashant Kishor would turn around things and would anchor the sinking ship of Congress in Punjab. But, in wake of internal feud and growing differences with party high command, he faces the daunting task of galvanizing the state unit, which seemed to have reduced to various splinter groups.

Revolt within party over Rajya Sabha nomination

Apparently Senior Congress leaders had opposed the party’s decision to name Singer-turned-Congress leader, Hans Raj Hans, as its Rajya Sabha candidate, by lodging their protests to the high command against him.

The party came close to nominating Hans and former Punjab Congress president, Partap Singh Bajwa, but had to defer the announcement in the eleventh hour, following the strong protests by the leaders of the Ravidassia community against Hans.

Cover up by party high command

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 Party insiders feel that the senior leaders did not want any controversy within the party in the election year. AICC president Sonia Gandhi had cleared the names and asked general secretary in charge Shakeel Ahmad to make an announcement. But, she had to put on hold the announcement after former state president, Shamsher Singh Dullo, supported by several other dalit leaders lodged a strong protest.

It must be noted that Captain had lobbied hard for the inclusion of Hans Raj Hans’ name for the nomination of upper house but high command had to change its decision in the last minute facing protest from within the party against Hans who was just 15 days old in the party.

In such scenario, Prashant Kishor has a daunting task ahead of him, who on one side faces Captain Amarinder known for his autocratic style of functioning and rising revolt against him and party high command.

Shamsher Singh Dullo, a useless leader of Congress

Dullo was responsible for Congress defeat in 2007 Punjab polls

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The former Congress head of Punjab, Shamsher Singh Dullo who was directly responsible for the defeat of the party in 2007 assembly elections in Punjab is the new face of Congress in Rajya Sabha now.

As per the information, the appointment of Dullo as Rajya Sabha member is credited to party high command. The president of AICC, Sonia Gandhi has approved the name of Dalit politician who had started crying in Delhi when the name of prominent singer Hans Raj Hans was announced for Rajya Sabha seat.

Dullo was not in the good with Capt Amarinder Singh

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It is evident that the former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief was against the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh. The decisions taken by the Capt Amardinder Singh was often criticised by Dullo. Even the party had given a chance to the dalit leader as a president of PPCC. But, Dullo was a misguided missile and he had several altercations with Capt Amarinder on all fronts. As a result, the party had lost the battle in 2007 assembly polls. He was the main person behind the party’s defeat in the polls.

Dullo complained the party high command against Capt Amarinder

When Capt Amarinder Singh had announced the name of Hans Raj Hans for Rajya Sabha seat, the former PPCC Chief Dullo had approached the party high command. He had complained about the incumbent PPCC Chief to AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

Dullo had alleged that Capt Amarinder has no faith in the old leadership and that’s why he recommended a singer who was just 15 days old in the party.

He talked against Capt Amarinder and said, “He did not bother to invite me personally for the Bathinda rally, whereas I went to his residence to invite him when I became the party chief. Party workers had donated `5-6 lakh for installing the busts and the workers and marble came from Rajasthan. Now, some plants have been kept at the space vacated by the busts.”

The side lined leader Dullo was given the Rajya Sabha seat as he had started making excuse of his caste and that’s why party finally, allocated the Rajya Sabha seat to him.

Reference:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/busts-of-slain-leaders-at-chandigarh-cong-office-creates-controversy/story-C9Ldnwt3lAhHB76Z7w5ziO.html