With the Congress announcing state party chief Partap Singh Bajwa as its candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, the party has now started taming the rebels which had become a major cause of its defeat in the last assembly polls.
The party leaders, right from the state leadership to the local ones, are reportedly in touch with the rebels and are hoping that everything will be right well before the polls.
Divided into many factions, the Congress has started a damage-control exercise as it wants unity at any cost to ensure a victory for Bajwa in Gurdaspur constituency wherein the prinicipal opposition party BJP is yet to name its candidate.
BJP is reportedly caught into the dilemma of making the choice between two of the topmost contenders for its ticket-Vinod Khanna and Swaran Salaria.
Meanwhile , district Congress president Anil Vij claims that they will soon solve the problem of rebels and everything would be alright as there is a positive indication from the rebels in the constituency most of whom may re-join the party in the coming few days.
Regarding the infighting among the Cong ress leaders and workers of different groups, such as those led by former union minister Ashwani Kumar, former chief minister Amrinder Singh and Bajwa, Vij claimed that as the party has now declared Bajwa as its nominee for the seat, there will not be any issue left for the Congress workers and leaders who would now unitedly work for the party candidate and his victory.
The Congress, he said, is holding meetings to assign duties related to elections and the party workers are fully enthused. “Bajwa would certainly emerge victorious for a second consecutive term,” he added.
Former Congress MLA Ashok Sharma, who had left party after he was denied ticket in the last assembly elections and had contested unsuccessfully as an Independent candidate, said: “Iif the party gives me the due honour, I may work for it once again.”