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Rahul's proposed visit leads to reconciliation in Sangrur Cong

Vishal Rambani , Hindustan Times  Sangrur, October 06, 2013
First Published: 23:05 IST(6/10/2013) | Last Updated: 23:06 IST(6/10/2013)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's October 10 visit to Sangrur has set in a process of reconciliation in the Congress leaders in the district. The party leaders from the district have seemingly buried the hatchet, maybe for the time being.

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Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa and general secretary and Dhuri MLA Arvind Khanna seem to have set aside their differences. Earlier, they were at loggerheads as Bajwa had projected Surinder Sibia as the Sangrur assembly candidate.

Khanna, who is considered close to former state Congress chief Amarinder Singh, had represented Sangrur constituency in 2002.

Following the development, Congress observer and MLA Jagmohan Kang had held a series of meetings with Khanna at Dhuri, Sangrur and other parts of the district.

Sangrur happens to be a high-profile parliamentary constituency as former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and businessman-turned-politician Kewal Dhillon hold a considerable influence here. Dhillon also happens to be close to Amarinder.

In light of the above rally, local MP Vijay Inder Singla has been trying to draw a perfect balance among the warring factions. For both Bajwa and Singla, the rally is a do-or-die battle. While for the state Congress president, it is the first test of his organisational skills as it will be his first rally to be addressed by a senior central leader; for Singla, it will mark the beginning of his campaign for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Singla said, "Everyone is working hard and there are no differences. I am trying to contact every Congressman to ensure maximum turnout for the rally to make it a success."

Commenting on the development, Khanna told HT, "It's a rally by our national leader, so all Congressmen of the state should work for its success, keeping aside their differences. The visit will rejuvenate the party cadre and all leaders are working together for its success."

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