In a setback for the grand previous social gathering, former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar on Saturday stop the social gathering, wishing it “good luck and goodbye”.
Jakhar dropped the bombshell on the beleaguered state unit through Fb dwell even because the Congress prime brass is huddled at a three-day Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session) being held in Udaipur, Rajasthan, to debate the social gathering’s revamp and its technique for the 2024 parliamentary elections.
The disgruntled chief had initially deliberate to journey to Udaipur and maintain a press convention there, however later modified his thoughts and shared ‘dil ki baat’ from his home in Panchkula, calling it his “parting reward” to the Congress. Earlier than going dwell, he additionally dropped the Congress and its flag from his social media handles. He, nonetheless, didn’t give any indication about becoming a member of one other social gathering. When contacted, the veteran chief stated his intention was to point out the social gathering the mirror.
Jakhar, who headed the state Congress for greater than 4 years earlier than being changed with Navjot Singh Sidhu in July 2021, has been livid with the social gathering management ever it issued a show-cause discover after which eliminated him from all posts on April 30 for alleged anti-party actions within the run-up to the state elections.
The disciplinary motion was taken on Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary’s criticism to Congress president Sonia Gandhi that his (Jakhar’s) statements had dented the social gathering’s electoral prospects. Chaudhary, final month, additionally despatched one other letter to the Congress president, recommending motion in opposition to Sidhu for his anti-party actions. The infighting-ridden Congress was routed by the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) and obtained simply 18 of the 117 meeting seats.
‘Congress going through existential disaster’
The previous Lok Sabha MP’s annoyance was evident from his 35-minute harangue on social media throughout which he took pictures at a number of Congress leaders, notably Rajya Sabha member Ambika Soni and successive Punjab affairs in-charges of the social gathering. Starting his livestream by calling the brainstorming session a “formality”, Jakhar stated the Congress is going through an existential disaster, however they’re behaving as if the duty of the nation rests on its shoulders and arrange six committees on international, financial and agriculture insurance policies when the necessity of the hour is to resolve methods to save the social gathering.
“Yeh toh chinta ka shivir hona chahiya tha na ki chintan ka. In the event that they have been actually frightened, one other committee would have been arrange on the ballot debacle in UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa,” he stated.
Thought-about to be near Rahul Gandhi earlier, Jakhar stated he’s a really tremendous and upright particular person and may take reins of the Congress in his arms. “He ought to study to distinguish between good friend and foe in addition to distance himself from sycophants. If you happen to can’t distinguish between good friend and foe, then perceive to distinguish between property and liabilities,” he stated, stressing that the Gandhi household’s presence was essential for the Congress to perform as one social gathering.
‘Delhi leaders sunk Congress in Punjab’
Coming down exhausting on “leaders sitting in Delhi”, Jakhar additionally blamed former Punjab affairs in-charge and Congress’ CM face in Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat for the social gathering’s debacle, calling his defeat within the hill state as divine intervention.
“Rawat was despatched to destabilise Amarinder who was sitting fairly. The opposition events normally attempt to destabilise,” he stated, asking whether or not your complete train was “managed destabilisation”.
Calling the Congress’ dealing with of social gathering affairs in Punjab a “case examine”, Jakhar additionally cited the instance of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot by saying that he has to inform folks each 15 days that he would stay the chief minister.
“Sidhu was additionally issued a discover in Punjab for talking in opposition to each Capt Amarinder and Charanjit Channi…these from Rajasthan who camped in Manesar for one month, ought to they not be served discover by the social gathering. They’re referred to as by the Congress president for consultations,” he stated, commenting on insurrection within the social gathering within the neighbouring state in 2020.
Jakhar additionally accused Soni of deceptive the Congress management and sinking the social gathering along with her comment on the difficulty of a Hindu chief because the chief minister. He stated the Congress will be unable to search out its ft once more in Punjab till the social gathering is rid of such leaders. Mocking the motion in opposition to him, Jakhar requested the social gathering management from which publish they eliminated him as he was holding none. He requested if his statements had broken the social gathering’s prospects within the elections why he was not sacked. The previous PPCC chief additionally expressed sturdy displeasure over being served discover by Tariq Anwar, member secretary of the Congress disciplinary motion committee, saying that he (Anwar) was the one who had referred to as Sonia Gandhi a foreigner and stop the Congress in 1999 to protest in opposition to her appointment because the social gathering president.
Jakhar additionally suggested the Congress management to stay to its ideology and to not drift from its mental moorings. The Jakhar household has a five-decade-long affiliation with the Congress. His father Balram Jakhar, who handed away in 2016, was a senior social gathering chief who served as Lok Sabha speaker and Union minister. Jakhar’s nephew Sandeep Jakhar is presently the Congress MLA from Abohar.