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Punjab Polls & Congress Fray: “This is Alice in Wonderland for Congress”


By Sonal Nain, 5 Feb 2022


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to announce his party’s nominee for the Chief Minister of Punjab tomorrow.

In the lead-up to it though, state head Navjot Singh Sidhu declared that the real war was between the mafia and Punjab, while Sunil Jakhar, the Congress’ campaign committee leader, stated that he would not work with the Congress party after Channi was announced as the CM candidate face. This has sparked debate and may place them in a difficult position.

Tehseen Poonawalla, a Congress supporter, believes that Jakhar has betrayed the party that has given him everything, “He is extremely ungrateful. If you’re a commander in the middle of an election, you don’t let your army down.”

Former Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha stated on the internal party strife, “This is Alice in Wonderland for Congress.” In the last few weeks, Congress has committed self-destructive acts, “Congress has shot itself in its feet, this is not good governance.” He further stated that Congress needs to recognize that even if it’s a five-state election, the impact of one event will reverberate in different parts to some level.

The quarrel within Congress provides new fodder for the opposition as elections approach.

The mood for change, according to senior journalist Chander Suta Dogra, is strong. “People are not bothered about who is the Aam aadmi,” she added in response to the debate over who is the elite or Aam aadmi — Channi or Kejriwal. People are looking to the AAP and Kejriwal to bring about change, whereas Dalit voters are undecided on Congress.”