Chandigarh. With elections going to be held within eight months in Punjab, the biggest political opposition facing the ruling Congress is from the Congress High Command and the biggest issue before Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is to keep the election promises made in 2017. He had promised in the election that as soon as he comes to power, he will get the powerful Badal family punished in the case of insulting the Guru Granth Sahib in 2015. It was this promise that helped him climb the ladder of power.
At the age of 79, Amarinder Singh is almost certain to become the Chief Minister for the third time. Not only this, Punjab’s election will be a practice match for the party to be played before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, winning which can infuse a new enthusiasm in the cold party. The party has also benefited immensely from the support of the farmers’ movement and has made the Captain a favorite of the farming community. The importance of farmers in Punjab elections is not hidden from anyone.
The SAD suffered a lot in the 2017 elections.At the same time, their main opponent, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), has suffered a lot due to the new Kisan Bill. When this bill was passed, the SAD was part of the NDA government’s coalition. After that, SAD’s exit from the NDA was a way of improving its image. It is estimated that the Guru Granth Sahib holy scripture case had also caused a lot of damage to the SAD in the 2017 elections. The image of the Aam Aadmi Party, which has emerged as the number two party in the last elections, is also getting tarnished as they do not have any credible leadership in the state, while the BJP has little hope.
Sidhu has raised the flag against Amarinder Singh
But the Congress High Command can complicate the whole matter here by bringing its home fight on a public platform. Singh was to appear before a committee last week. The High Command had formed this committee to know about the sourness between Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu has raised the flag against Amarinder Singh in Punjab. He has the open support of Congress’ Rajya Sabha MPs Pratap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo, both of whom have been targeting Singh for a long time.
Sidhu has been getting Rahul-Priyanka’s support
Sidhu used to work on the lines of the saying that ‘Jab Saiyan Bhaye Kotwal To Phir Dar Kahe Ka’, anyway he has also got the support of Gandhi brother and sister and he sees himself in the role of state party president before elections. have come. But the Chief Minister sensed this conspiracy against him at the right time and after becoming the chief of the party before the 2017 elections, he worked on declaring himself as CM and dashed Sidhu’s ambition. Gandhi, on the other hand, can ensure that Sidhu gets a bigger role in the campaign committee, despite Singh repeatedly saying that the real focus should be on seniority, not talent that has not yet been judged.
Senior political experts say that the discord between Sidhu-Captain is actually a small matter. The real issue in the coming elections is that of appropriate action in the case of insulting Guru Granth Sahib in 2015. People from Sidhu and Bajwa’s camp are also besieging Singh on the fact that no action has been taken against Badal in the last four-and-a-half years. The CM has also probably realized that it is one thing to make political promises and it is quite another to bring the matter to a conclusion legally. However, he has assured the Congress committee that he will take appropriate action in this matter before the elections.
The people of CM camp believe that people are not angry with the government. A leader close to the CM says – Congress’s big victory in the municipal elections makes it clear that the Congress is getting public support in the absence of a powerful opposition. Before meeting the Congress committee, Singh had inducted three AAP MLAs into the Congress and gave a message that it would be easy to win the state elections under his leadership. He even said that the reins of leaders like Sidhu, Bajwa should be kept tight as they are the real enemies of Congress. So will the Congress high command listen to Singh?