Congress: Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, sidelined, supporters of Amritsar East sulk | Amritsar News

AMRITSAR: Supporters of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Chairman Navjot Singh Sidhu in his Assembly constituency, Amritsar East, are appalled that Charanjit Singh Channi beat him as Chief Minister (CM) of the Congress party for the February 20 elections in the state. On the other hand, the militants of the candidates who oppose him are delighted and make it their first step towards the victory of their respective candidates.
During a visit to Amritsar East, from where Sidhu is contesting assembly elections against heavyweight Akali Bikram Singh Majithia, it was observed that most of Sidhu’s supporters were resentful but silent when were asked for their reaction. A few, however, accused the congressional high command of bowing to pressure from “unscrupulous and shady” leaders.
Opposition party activists also remained glued to their television sets to hear Rahul Gandhi’s announcement on the CM’s face.
Pinda, who runs a confectionery, said the wave so far was in favor of Congress because everyone was sure that Rahul would choose Sidhu, but now it would be the same story even if Congress won. “There would be no new Punjab,” he said.
The General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Joginderpal Dhingra, denied this. “Congress is united and every congress worker will do everything for the victory of the party. Sidhu has already announced that he will abide by Rahul Gandhi’s decision,” he said.
AAP spokesman Gurbhej Singh, who was campaigning for the AAP candidate in Amritsar East constituency, said it was an internal decision of the Congress party. “We have no comment, but our graph has gone up,” he said, adding that the Congress party’s decision would have no impact on their election prospects.
Another congressional leader who declined to be named said the situation had become more unpredictable. “One thing is certain: Rahul’s decision has given much-needed ammunition to Sidhu’s opponents, especially in his own constituency,” the leader said. He added that they expected Congress to get 2% to 4% of the vote from the decision, but not because of Channi’s choice but because of Sidhu’s rejection.
A teacher by profession, Kajal Sharma said Sidhu was the only political leader who gave them hope to be a permanent teacher from a temporary teacher. “But now I don’t know what will happen,” Sharma said.


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