Its been a month since Navjot Singh Siddhu took charge of the post of Punjab Congress chief but the tensions between him and CM Amrinder Singh just keep on increasing.
Just on Monday, political row raged over controversial comments on Kashmir made by Siddhu’s advisers, Malvinder Singh Mali and Pyare Lal Garg, with the party saying it will consider taking action, and senior leaders sharply criticising the remarks.
In social media post last week, Mali had said Kashmir was a “country of Kashmiri people” and called both India and Pakistan its illegal occupiers and in a separate post, he put a sketch of late prime minister Indira Gandhi standing near a heap of human skulls with a gun in her hand. On the other hand, Pyare Lal Garg had questioned the chief minister’s criticism of Pakistan.
The comments and posts were getting criticised by every congress leader, Siddhu summoned them both in his Patiala Office and talked for almost 3 hours to them. Then CM Amrinder Singh condemned the remarks and said they were detrimental to the peace and stability of the country. The CM also called the remarks “atrocious” and “anti-national”.
Then on Tuesday a group of 34 MLA including 5 ministers party met with other leaders of the party in Chandigarh and declared an open revolt against chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and said that they had no faith that he would be able to fulfil his poll promises.
Some of them have even accused CM to conspire with Shiromani Akali Dal’s president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Some of the revolting MLA are headed to Delhi to meet Sonia Gandhi while others met AICC in-charge Harish Rawat today. After the meeting, Harish Rawat said, “This thing happens in the party. When we brought in changes in the Pradesh Congress Committee, we had an idea about possible issues that may turn up. We will find a solution. Everyone trusts Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. But we will look into why suddenly a large number of MLAs are disappointed. We will try to resolve the issues.”
With just 7 months left for the assembly elections in Punjab, Congress is certainly not in the best shape.