Dissidence within their respective parties has become a major cause of worry for Congress nominee from the Patiala Lok Sabha seat Preneet Kaur and Akalis Prem Singh Chandumajra. While two-time MP Preneet is re-contesting,Chandumajra,also a two-time MP from Patiala,is contesting for the fourth time.
Preneet may have to first work hard to quell dissidence within the party,and the Congress leadership will have to initiate some harsh steps against disgruntled leaders. Candidature of Preneet,wife of former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh,was vehemently opposed by Lal Singh,MLA from Dakala,Brahm Mohindra,MLA from Samana,and Surinder Singla.
They had openly sought Preneets replacement with a new face. Lal Singhs brother Damodar Singh had been the most vocal against Preneet.
Making things more difficult for Preneet,her followers,including Hardial Kamboj who had unsuccessfully contested from Rajpura in the Assembly polls,are not coming out openly in her support.
Kamboj is facing a criminal case and is yet to get bail. Besides,Ghanaur MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur is also unlikely to support Preneet,as he is now cozying up to the ruling SAD. He is also the nephew of Lal Singh.
Though no Akali leader has openly gone public against Chandumajra ever since his candidature was announced,some leaders are not moving openly with him. Chandumajra is also upset with the talks of former SAD (Rural) district president and former MLA from Samana Jagtar Singh Rajlas entry into the Congress fold. Rajla has remained disgruntled for long now.
Sources say SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badals intervention has helped silence some dissidence within the party,and the Congress would have to initiate similar steps.