Ahead of Punjab polls, Captain Amarinder Singh on mission to placate leaders

Punjab Congress President believes that factionalism could hurt party’s chances in the upcoming state polls

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published: July 27, 2016 12:18 pm
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Reckoning factionalism could hurt party’s chances in the upcoming state polls, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh is working on ironing out differences between warring party leaders.

Amarinder visited Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi’s residence Monday evening, apparently to make up for missing out CLP leader’s rallies and events.

Amarinder and Channi were perceived to have had differences as the former had neither attended Channi’s taking over ceremony nor participated in a protest organised by him.

Amarinder had then cited health reasons for his absence but it had sparked off speculations that he did not support Channi.

Also, Amarinder, through his visit to Channi’s house, attempted to bring his aide and former MLA from Nangal, Rana Kanwar Pal Singh popularly known as Rana Kaypee and Channi on the same page.

“We are united,” said Rana Kaypee, while talking to The Indian Express on Tuesday.

Channi told The Indian Express, “Captain came to have tea with me. I invited all other leaders including Kharar and Mohali MLA Jagmohan Singh Kang and Balbir Singh Sidhu. We wanted to convey that we all are united and will wok with coordination.”

Three days ago, Amarinder had invited all senior party leaders over for lunch at his sector 10 residence here to discuss the progress of work done by various committees, set up to provide suggestions to the manifesto committee. Party general secretary incharge Asha Kumari, it is learnt, ensured the presence of Amarinder’s predecessor, Partap Singh Bajwa.

A senior leader of the party said Amarinder would be taking up this exercise to help all the leaders. “This is the need of the hour and we are glad that Congress is taking up such an exercise,” he said.

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