Sandeep Dikshit of Congress blames infighting for impending rout; obverse ‘AAP is beneficiary’

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Conceding that exit polls predicting an AAP sweep in Punjab are written on the wall, former Lok Sabha MP Sandeep Dikshit blamed the lack of unity in Congress squarely. This was seen as a veiled reference to the constant bickering between Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Sunil Jakhar. According to Dikshit, the party led by Sonia Gandhi could have won 60 to 65 seats without the division in its ranks. Arguing that the AAP was the direct beneficiary of the crisis in Congress, he expressed concern about the culture of gratuity promoted by the former.

Congress Leader Sandeep Dikshit remarked: “I think the results of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab will be similar to what the exit polls predicted. I was in Punjab for a while. In Punjab , we didn’t campaign (like we should have) and the leadership should have been united. We showed our weakness. At the start of the election, I felt that Congress would comfortably win 60-65 seats. This graph has dropped a lot. I think that will benefit the AAP.

“Because the AAP promised a heavily indebted government in a state that is already in debt shock of thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars. People are addicted to freebies. I’m afraid if the AAP forms the government, the situation in Punjab will be very dangerous in the next 5 years,” he added.

Infighting in the Punjab Congress

In the 2017 Punjab Assembly election, the Congress won 77 seats in the 117-member House, while Shiromani Akali Dal was only able to win 18 seats. On the other hand, the AAP became the second largest party with 20 seats and was unsuccessful as it could only win in 54 constituencies. Despite winning a huge term, infighting erupted in the Congress camp after Sidhu began to attack then-CM Amarinder Singh over the alleged delay of justice in the Guru Granth Sahib desecration incidents. and drug cases.

The situation escalated on September 18 after the Congress called a meeting of the Legislative Party without informing the CM of Punjab. Amid growing speculation over Singh’s ouster, the latter tendered his resignation to Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit around 4:30 p.m. the same day due to “humiliation”. However, Charanjit Singh Channi propelled Sidhu to CM position on September 20. More drama was in store in the ballot-bound state as the latter resigned as the state’s congressional leader on September 28.

Sidhu only resumed his resignation after Channi replaced Amar Preet Singh Deol as Punjab’s General Counsel. The former cricketer had expressed his displeasure with Deol’s appointment as the latter had appeared for former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and other defendants in the sacrilege cases in the Punjab and Haryana High Court . Even then, the rift between Sidhu and Channi persisted after the former repeatedly targeted the CM for announcing freebies. Even as Channi was declared the face of the Congress CM, Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, publicly expressed her displeasure.

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