The Congress legislature party (CLP) on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution, authorising Congress president Sonia Gandhi to nominate its leader in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, thus, shifting the focus of political activity to Delhi.
Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone, Congress Working Committee member and party's Punjab affairs in charge Gulchain Singh Charak said that one-line resolution on authorising party chief Sonia Gandhi to appoint CLP leader had been unanimously adopted during a meeting of the party MLAs held at Congress Bhawan here.
"The Congress president will now nominate the CLP leader," he said. Sources said that the meeting, which was attended by 36 of 46 Congress MLAs, started with Charak's address, while party high command observers Mohsina Kidwai and Sushil Kumar Shinde watched the proceedings.
The observers preferred not to speak during the meeting. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh, in his address, set the agenda rolling by exhorting the MLAs to follow the tradition of authorising the Congress president on CLP leader's appointment, while former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal seconded the proposal, which was later unanimously adopted by the house.
Sources said that the CLP leader's name would be formally revealed during a meeting of party MLAs here on Monday morning before the commencement of Vidhan Sabha session. The observers would announce the name that would emerge from a sealed envelope.
Insiders say that the focus of Congress politics has now shifted to Delhi, as Brahm Mohindra, Sunil Jakhar and Ashwani Sekhri were in line for the top slot since the party high command has made up its mind to appoint a Hindu MLA as the CLP leader.
Political observers believe that Mohindra's appointment as CLP leader may put an end to Amarinder's regime in the state Congress with his subsequent removal from the post of state Congress chief.
On the other hand, elevation of Jakhar, currently supported by Amarinder group, to this post will strengthen maharaja's position in the party and will force his detractors to maintain discipline. Sekhri too is being viewed as a Captain loyalist in political circles.
After adoption of the resolution, the observers met the Congress MLAs separately to take feedback on party's defeat during elections. Interestingly, a section of MLAs known for their proximity to Amarinder reportedly demanded disciplinary action against those, who were publicly airing their views against the PPCC chief.
"The party high command appointed Amarinder as PPCC president and the responsibility for the defeat should be taken collectively by the entire team instead of blaming him alone. Action should be taken against those leaders, who are airing their views in media," they told the observers.