STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Infighting in Punjab Congress: Sidhu, two Rajya Sabha MPs skip Rahul's tractor rally

Sidhu unexpectedly chose to skip the rally after his fiery speech at Moga on Sunday, taking a dig at his own party’s government.

Published: 06th October 2020 02:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2020 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and PPCC President Sunil Kumar Jakhar during 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' over the farm reform bills. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: The factional fight in Punjab Congress was on full display on the second day of Rahul Gandhi’s tractor rally at Sangrur with dissident former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu missing in action and newly appointed Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat, seen by many as mender-in-chief, facing the heat.

Sidhu unexpectedly chose to skip the rally after his fiery speech at Moga on Sunday, taking a dig at his own party’s government.

However, the absence of Congress Rajya Sabha MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and S S Dullo, who in the recent past had been at loggerheads with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over his style of functioning, was on expected lines. 

Rawat, on the other hand, could not find place on the stage on Monday. Seated on the stage along with Rahul were Amarinder, former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, state cabinet ministers Balbir Singh Sidhu and Vijay Inder Singal and Haryana MP Deepender Singh Hooda.

It is learnt that Sidhu is upset as he may not get any position in the party or the state cabinet as of now. Rawat said it was for the chief minister to take a call who should, or shouldn’t, be in the cabinet.

Bajwa and Dullo were conspicuous by their absence from Rahul’s tractor rallies on both days. Incidentally, both are considered close to Rahul as well as Priyanka Gandhi.

When contacted, Bajwa declined to speak on the matter while Dullo was not available for comments. Both had criticised Amarinder earlier over hooch tragedy and a host of other issues. 

Also, the Rahul will now be arriving for a day-long visit to Haryana on Tuesday instead of earlier two days.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp