‘Good luck and goodbye’: Congress’s Punjab ex-chief Jakhar quits party | Latest News India

Chandigarh: “Good luck and goodbye Congress,” former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar stated on Saturday as he give up the social gathering weeks after being faraway from all positions for alleged anti-party actions.

Jakhar took to social media to make the announcement, which got here at a time when the Congress’s high brass is huddled at a three-day Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session) in Rajasthan’s Udaipur to debate the social gathering’s revamp and its technique for the 2024 parliamentary elections.

“It’s my parting reward to the social gathering. These are my final phrases to Congressmen. Good luck and goodbye Congress,” Jakhar stated throughout his ‘dil ki baat’ Fb stay from his Panchkula residence.

The 68-year-old disgruntled chief had initially deliberate to journey to Udaipur and maintain a press convention. He, nevertheless, didn’t make any remark about becoming a member of one other social gathering.

When contacted, the veteran chief stated his purpose was to point out the mirror to the Congress.

Jakhar headed the social gathering’s Punjab unit for little over 4 years earlier than being changed with Navjot Singh Sidhu in July 2021. He was on the loggerheads with the Congress ever because the social gathering management issued him a show-cause discover earlier than eradicating him from all posts on April 30 for “anti-party” actions within the run-up to this yr’s meeting elections.

The disciplinary motion was taken on Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary’s criticism to Congress president Sonia Gandhi that Jakhar’s statements had dented the social gathering’s prospects within the February 20 meeting elections. He, nevertheless, rejected the allegations and requested if his statements had broken the social gathering’s prospects within the elections why was he not sacked. The infighting-ridden Congress was routed by the Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP) in Punjab and managed to win solely 18 of the 117 meeting seats.

In his 35-minute harangue on social media, former Lok Sabha MP Jakhar additionally took pictures at a number of Congress leaders “sitting in Delhi”, notably focusing on Rajya Sabha member Ambika Soni for her assertion final yr that the social gathering ought to go along with a Sikh face after Captain Amarinder Singh was made to resign because the chief minister. Until then, Jakhar was among the many front-runners for the CM publish.

Calling the Udaipur brainstorming session “formality”, Jakhar stated the social gathering is dealing with an existential disaster, however it’s behaving as if the duty of the whole nation rests on its shoulders. He took a swipe on the social gathering’s choice to arrange committees on points equivalent to international affairs, economic system and agriculture, saying it ought to first put its personal home so as. “It ought to have been a ‘chinta shivir’ as an alternative of a ‘chintan shivir’, extra about ‘fear’ than ‘introspection’. In the event that they had been actually nervous, one other committee would have been arrange on the ballot debacles in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa,” he stated.

As soon as thought of near social gathering chief Rahul Gandhi, Jakhar stated he’s a really effective and upright particular person and will take reins of the Congress in his arms. “He ought to study to distinguish between buddy and foe in addition to distance himself from sycophants. In case you can not distinguish between buddy and foe, then perceive to distinguish between property and liabilities,” he stated, stressing that the Gandhi household’s presence was mandatory for the Congress to perform as one social gathering.

Jakhar additionally blamed former Punjab affairs in-charge and social gathering’s CM face in Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat, for the Congress’s debacle, calling his defeat within the hill state as divine intervention. “Rawat was despatched to destabilise Amarinder, who was sitting fairly. Opposition events often attempt to destabilise,” he stated, asking whether or not the whole train was “managed destabilisation”.

Calling the Congress’ dealing with of social gathering affairs in Punjab a “case research”, Jakhar additionally cited the instance of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who, he stated has to inform individuals each 15 days that he would stay the CM. He additionally expressed his displeasure over being served a discover from social gathering chief Tariq Anwar who he stated was the one who known as Sonia Gandhi a foreigner in 1999 to protest her appointment because the Congress chief.

Shortly after Jakhar’s announcement to give up the Congress, social gathering chief Navjot Singh Sidhu known as him “an asset” and advised his social gathering to not lose him.

“The Congress mustn’t free #suniljakhar …. Is an asset price his weight in gold …. Any variations may be resolved on the desk,” stated Sidhu in a tweet.

Final month, social gathering’s Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary despatched one other letter to Gandhi, recommending motion towards Sidhu for “anti-party” actions.

The Jakhar household has been related to the Congress for shut to 5 many years. His father Balram Jakhar, who handed away in 2016, was a senior social gathering chief who served because the Lok Sabha speaker and union minister. His nephew Sandeep Jakhar is presently the Congress MLA from Abohar in Fazilka district.

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