Decision on Punjab Congress leadership by October 15
Chandigarh/ Oct.8, 2015
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi started today an exercise to strengthen the party in Punjab. According to party sources, a decision is expected over leadership by October 15. To end the factionalism in the state unit, Rahul has finally decided to work with Punjab unit and meeting different factions of the party. He met today some senior party leaders including Congress Legislature Party Leader Sunil Jakhar, senior leader and former finance minister Lal Singh, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Ramanjit Singh Sikki and several others. Rahul will continue interacting with party MLA’s on October 12 and former CM Capt. Amrinder Singh is also expected to be back from his England tour by then.
According to Punjab media reports, majority of the party MLA’s in Punjab are with Capt.Amrinder Singh. He is considered the only Congress leader in the state, who can give strong fight to Badals.
Party sources say that they have notice a change in Rahul’s attitude towards Capt Amarinder Singh. He is the only senior leader in the country who has close personal relations with the Gandhi family. He maintained that relation even when he was out of the party, when he resigned from Congress after operation Blue star.
Political observer of the state also maintain that it would be a challenge for Rahul Gandhi to persuade some senior party leaders in the state to accept Capt.Amrinder Singh’s leadership. It is not easy now for leaders like Partap Singh Bajwa to work with Capt.Amrinder Singh, given the bitterness both leaders have toward each other.