All activity in the Chandigarh unit of Congress that had witnessed a spurt over the past few weeks has come to a halt. The party workers had been on a high after the local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal became the Railways Minister. A series of programmes were held wherein leaders from other parties joined the Congress. Now it is the other political parties that are cashing in on the turmoil within the Congress.
After Bansals nephew Vijay Singla was arrested by the CBI allegedly on charges of accepting a bribe,the party workers are in a huddle. With there being uncertainty over the fate of the case,the Congress is unable to plan any activity. Some of the programmes that had been planned for the coming weeks have been canceled.
Bansal,during his trips to the city over the weekends,was attending numerous events one after the other. The number of people visiting his house with problems had increased.
In fact,city residents who found no solutions to their problems with the officials of the UT Administration were turning to him for help. Talks were also on with leaders from other parties who were willing to join the Congress.
The BJP had in fact alleged that the Congress was blackmailing its workers into joining the party and was using the Administration for the purpose.
The tables turned suddenly after the rail bribery scam. It is in the BJP and BSP that a spurt in activity is being witnessed.
The BJP is regularly holding protests against Bansal. Pamphlets have been prepared about the rail bribery scam. Within a period of a fortnight,these will be distributed from door to door by teams of the party. The party,that was struggling to find issues,now has its hands full.
The BSP is a similar case. The party has opened its election office even though there is no certainty over the date of elections. It is also the only party in the city to have announced its candidate as well. Interaction with the people at the grassroots has started.
Even the Janata Dal (United) that does not have much base in the city has become active. The party is holding rallies in different parts of the city.
A Congress leader says that with there being so much uncertainty,all activity has come to a halt. The programmes that had been scheduled for the last two weeks had to be canceled. He added that it is after the situation becomes clear that the party would be able to get back into action.