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As AAP wins big in Delhi, divided Congress in jitters in Punjab

Congress leaders are now wary that the a similar scenario might be repeated in Punjab.

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AAP workers take out a victory procession in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (Source: Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

The landslide victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi on Tuesday has the divided Punjab Congress in jitters.

Congress leaders are now wary that the a similar scenario might be repeated in Punjab, where two senior leaders Partap Singh Bajwa and Captain Amarinder Singh are busy fighting for leadership, with no focus on the issues of the state.

The leaders want the high command to solve this tug of war at the earliest so that party is not reduced to a zero in Punjab Assembly polls in 2017.

Many publicly criticised senior leaders for not taking public issues seriously. Ravneet Singh Bittu, Ludhiana MP, said, “King-size rallies and speeches are not going to work now. Delhi has shown the door to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we cannot afford to be overconfident. People have lost faith and it needs to be rebuilt.

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We need to organise nukkad meetings, door to door campaigning to restore faith in our party.”

He added, “We are sure the high command is pondering over the matter and issues between Amarinder and Bajwa are expected to be resolved after March. We can bounce back in 2017.”

Surinder Dabur, Ludhiana Central MLA, said, “It is my humble request to senior leaders to shun their differences and think about the Congress as a party. It is high time to learn a lesson from Delhi. If they can reject Modi, they can reject us too.”

While PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa did not respond to the calls, Fateh Jung Bajwa, general secretary PPCC and his younger brother, said, “AAP will not be able to fulfill the larger-than-life promises it made to the people of Delhi. Within 5-6 months, the real picture will be out. We have a fair chance in 2017.”

Asked how factionalism would affect Congress in Punjab he said, “It is a big issue, but it will be sorted out soon. The high command is working on it. In 2017, we will put up a united party.”

Celebrations

AAP celebrated its thumping victory over BJP and Congress throughout Punjab on Tuesday. The celebrations started as soon as results declared AAP winning with clear majority in Delhi.

In Ludhiana, the party visited the government school and distributed goodies to the children and later a victory procession with beating dhols and slogans like ‘Paanch Saal Kejriwal’ was taken out in the city.

Senior advocate and AAP spokesperson talking to The Indian Express over phone, said, “We have already started working on our mission to win Punjab Assembly polls in 2017. Dilli hamari hai, ab Punjab ki baari hai. Kejriwal’s victory is a lesson for those parties be it Congress or BJP who take public for granted. In Punjab people are already fed up of Akali Dal and Congress and thus we can win their trust.”