By his pilgrimage to the Golden Temple, Naina Devi, Dera Beas and other shrines, senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar has offended another “higher power”.
The two-time former MP has got the party high command summons to be in Delhi on Monday to explain his sudden spiritualism in the heat of the Lok Sabha elections.
Six months ago, he was advising the party to field stalwart leaders Captain Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar to win maximum Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, even offering to take on Akali heavyweight MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Today, he feels lost, looking for his space in the party.
“I just got the one-line summons from the high command for tomorrow (Monday),” Brar confirmed, adding: “I have not been conveyed my position in the party. Under what capacity or in what role shall I campaign for my colleagues?” he asked.
Things were not fine for Brar for more than two months. He said he was the first to oppose the candidature of Manpreet Singh Badal of the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) in Bathinda, for which he almost got a snub from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Almost sidelined in the Congress, he sees a possibility on Monday to have one-to-one talk with party president Sonia Gandhi or Rahul.
Rahul had endorsed the Manpreet card of Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa in Bathinda and rejected Brar’s offering to contest from there on account of “winnability”. Brar said his supporters in Bathinda, Faridkot and Ferozepur were “in a pessimistic mode”. In rebel mode himself, he has not ruled out quitting the Congress.
Earlier, he had said there was an option for him to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is yet to announce its candidates for Bathinda and Fatehgarh Sahib.