The Punjab Congress Express has derailed in its mission as the workers of Gill constituency have trained their guns at the party’s senior leadership.
Party ticket aspirants here objected to the campaign which, they said, promoted a certain party leader.
The campaign, featuring a customised mini-bus, rolled out in Gill with MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu and state Congress V-P Amar Singh as key speakers in Ludhiana.
However, since Amar Singh was a ticket aspirant from Gill constituency, his photographs on the hoardings did not go well with other contenders. The supporters lambasted at the prominent poll strategist Prashant Kishor for crossing a line by “favouring” him even before any formal announcement.
Senior Congress leader and two-time MLA Malkeet Singh Dakha, Youth Congress vice president Sunny Kainth, Kirtinder Singh Singhpura and Nirmal Kaira objected to the apparent “favour”. Dakha alleged he was not allowed on stage either by “bouncers” of Kishor’s team.
However, the duel between Amar Singh and him did not stop, and both took jibes at each other in their speech in Punjabi. The infighting within the party has proved that the party is not united as only a few months are left for the assembly polls.
Dakha said that the team IPAC of Kishore has no right to project one applicant as the party candidate. Even if he (Amar Singh) is a speaker, he should have been replaced for Gill constituency seeing a conflict of interest.
Kainth said that they all have applied for a ticket, not Amar Singh alone. We were not even invited for today’s campaign. A senior leader like Dakha was not allowed to sit on stage, forget about us. Prashant Kishor’s team is not going to announce any ticket. Their work is to promote the party, not dictate. It is now crystal clear that nothing is going smooth in the Punjab Congress and the upcoming assembly polls, the party would see its dead end.