Punjab Pradesh Congressional Committee considers pitting top leaders against opposition heavyweights: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Gurdaspur, December 19
The proposal launched by a section of the Pradesh Congress Committee (CPC) to pit the party’s heavyweights against the main opposition leaders in their seats in the Assembly is slowly gaining traction. A senior party official, known for his closeness to the AICC’s big wigs, confirmed “that the high command was not at all opposed to this suggestion.”
In the face of infighting and opposition to power, observers have argued that pitting a heavyweight against a heavyweight is the only way to keep the party afloat in the 2022 election. “We have to think outside the box. regarding the design of our electoral strategy, because the investigation reports do not paint a rosy picture for the party. Big names pinning bigwigs like Sukhbir Badal in Jalalabad or Bikram Majithia in Majitha is not at all a bad idea. In this way, these leaders will be confined to their respective seats and will not be able to campaign in other segments, ”he said.
The cited precedence relates to the 2014 general election, when four senior politicians – Captain Amarinder Singh, Partap Singh Bajwa, Sunil Jakhar and Ambika Soni – were virtually forced to run.
“All these leaders were reluctant. Amarinder had even told Sonia Gandhi that he was more interested in state politics. However, his plea didn’t cut much ice as Sonia asked him to reach Amritsar and file his nomination papers. Likewise, Partap Bajwa told his elders that he had no chance of winning due to the pro-Modi wave sweeping the country. His claims were dismissed and asked to fight against BJP heavyweight Vinod Khanna from Gurdaspur. Likewise, former Union Minister Ambika Soni and former PPCC leader Sunil Jakhar were forced to fight from Anandpur Sahib and Ferozepur respectively, ”said a deputy.
Despite the fact that the movement has exploded with just Capt Amarinder winning his seat, ACEC can go ahead with the proposal this time around. “We cannot compare 2014 with 2022. Conditions were different then from what they are today. In 2014, Congress was still firmly anchored in national politics. The party had many options at its disposal and it was able to experiment. This time around, with a rapidly eroding base, making such a bet has become more of a necessity than an option, ”said a source.