Rahul Gandhi meets Congress MLAs from Punjab amid raging leadership tussle in state

Rahul is said to be reluctant about giving the mantle of Punjab to Captain, will have little choice in the case of most MLAs backing the former chief minister.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2015 12:55 pm
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The Congress leadership’s efforts to resolve the bitter leadership tussle between Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa and the state’s former chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, entered a new phase on Thursday. Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi met several Congress MLAs from the state, even as the leadership signalled that a decision on the change of guard will come within the next ten days.

Sources said Rahul met 12 Congress legislators, including Congress Legislature Party Leader Sunil Jakhar and senior leader Lal Singh, both staunch Captain loyalists. He is scheduled to meet rest of the legislators on October 12 after which, sources added, a final call on leadership change will be taken.

The Congress high-command’s move to elicit the views of different MLAs could be bad news for Bajwa, the state Congress chief, as majority of them are known Amarinder supporters.

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Captain Amarinder Singh has been demanding the removal of Bajwa for long. On Monday, Bajwa had even met Rahul amid the raging leadership tussle.

Although Rahul is said to be reluctant about giving the mantle of Punjab to Captain, under whose leadership the party lost both in 2007 and in 2012, sources added that the vice president.

Amarinder Singh, who is scheduled to return from London only next week, had even resisted the high-command’s move to appoint Congress general secretary Ambika Soni as the PCC chief, further worsening the crisis in the party.

With less than a year-and-a-half left for the Assembly elections, Jhakar had recently asked party leadership to take a decision of Punjab at the earliest.

Earlier, Bajwa had alleged that Captain was planning to split the party and launch a separate outfit.

Although the former chief minister had rejected Bajwa’s claims, the Congress leadership too remains wary of the Amarinder’s plans and is believed to be treading cautiously.

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  1. M
    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:55 am
    It is all ok. But no one knows how much they care for him as a VP of the Party. It is because of his birth-certificate / DNA he is calling himself the VP of the party. Are Congress Party members accepting him as a leader. Actually I belong to a family of Congress Party members. My gfather was a freedom fighter and went to jail 6 times. He was close ociate of Perunthalaivar Kamaraj, one of the great leaders of Congress (when he died he had rs.65 in his bank and 8 pairs of shirts and dothis). He is a great man like hiji or Dr.Abdul Kalam - real patriot - not cheap leaders who have looted the country in 2G or Adarsh.... However, our w family started desliking the party once Sonia became the President of the Party. Only one 'real man' in Congress opposed her elevation. it was PVN. None others did have the guts to say anything against her, instead they are still running behind her holding her saree. The Party lost its name among people because of all the bad deeds. Top leadership swindled crores of crores and deposited everything in Italy. They are still trying to come back to power. But Indians have woken up and will not allow this Italian lady to take us for a ride. If Congress has to survive, they have to first change the leadership. These two are no good.
    1. R
      Oct 9, 2015 at 8:22 am
      Please give this post to MR. Rahul so that he can get some experience in leadership.
      1. R
        Raj Balbir
        Oct 9, 2015 at 5:37 am
        Rahulji and Mummyji want to come back to power by hook or crook. They want to start looting our country again. This is their master plan. They are prepared to do anything and do anything against the people of India and also against Modi Government that is trying to build a good India. These two do not have any clear objectives except looting and protecting their family: Priyanka, Robert and their children. They are not at all interested in people of India. how can they have any interest in us?