Congress MP from Gurdaspur,Partap Singh Bajwa,has slammed over confident Captain Amarinder Singh for not doing enough when it came to the issue of mollifying the rebels in the party.
Speaking to The Sunday Express over phone,Bajwa said the poll results would have been in favour of Congress party had the state leadership relied more on chemistry than history. Notably,ever since 1966 when Punjab and Haryana became two separate states,the people of Punjab always voted for change. The SAD-BJP combine broke the 46-year-old jinx by returning to power for the second term.
Since day one,I had been saying that the problem of rebels needed to be addressed. I think the state leadership was over confident of victory and no serious effort was made to mollify the rebels. PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh should have led from the front to mollify the dissidents. I think no such effort was made in a sincere manner, said Bajwa,whose wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa won from Qadian.
Bajwa was one of the Congress leaders who had projected Captain Amarinder Singh as the chief ministerial candidate in the run-up to polls. Yes,we believed that he (Captain Amarinder) would steer the party to victory. He,however,failed, Bajwa added.
Stating that the Congress party had the best chance to win the Assembly polls,the party MP invoked the historical reference of Sikh forces facing defeat in the hands of British despite having the best chance of winning against the British forces only because of the lack of leadership Shah Mohamada ik sarkar baajhon,faujaan jit ke ant nu haarian ne, he said.
Bajwa,who is among the frontline leaders of Congress in Majha region of Punjab,said the selection of candidates was not appropriate either. One of the biggest undoing for Congress,Bajwa said,was the inappropriate allotment of tickets. He added that post delimitation,the texture of many constituencies had changed and the allotment of tickets at many places missed all the vital parameters for winning.
He said it was unfortunate that the Amarinder Singh was surrounded mostly by apolitical persons coming from backgrounds like Army.
Another Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira,in a press statement on Friday,had sought Amarinders explanation as to why Congress lost to SAD-BJP combine twice in a row. Khaira also underlined there was a strong anti-incumbency against the alliance,and the Congress had best of the chances of winning.