The impressive Ghanaur rally of Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday has once again pushed party leader and former deputy speaker of Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh into political wilderness.
While Bir Devinder was eyeing the ticket from the constituency, Amarinder virtually projected former MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur as party’s next candidate from Ghanaur.
According to Captain’s loyalists, the move has also cut down Punjab Congress vice- president Lal Singh, who was strongly backing Bir Devinder, to size.
Bir Devinder had openly objected to Amarinder’s rally and warned of strong ‘repercussion’ if the latter goes ahead with the rally.
However, Amarinder pulled all stops during the rally to shower praise on Madan Lal. “We need experienced leaders such as Madan Lal in the Assembly, so that I can deliver as the chief minister”, said Captain, adding that the ex-MLA will be the key member of his team.
Bir Devinder had been working in constituency since October 2015 and was claiming that he has started visiting various area after taking AICC president Sonia Gandhi into confidence.
Apart from him, Anu Randhawa, daughter of former minister Jasjit Singh Randhawa, was also active in the constituency. Anu and her group also boycotted the rally.
Lal Singh had been supporting Bir Devinder who is against Madan Lal, a candidate backed by Preneet Kaur. Once Madan Lal was protégé of Lal Singh, but later Preneet Kaur roped him in her group.
It’s for the first time that a massive show was held by Amarinder in Patiala district without involving Lal Singh. There was not even a single poster of Lal Singh on the stage.
When asked, Bir Devinder said: “I will hold a press conference and speak my mind in the coming days,” he said.
Randhawa spells out reason for 2012 debacle
Speaking on the occasion, Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the Congress had lost the 2012 Assembly elections because of the backstabbing by a few senior Congress leaders.
He said some leaders with vested interests had worked against their own party candidates, resulting in the poll debacle. “If a Congress leader from your area tells you to work against the Congress candidate, beat him up,” he told party workers, adding that no party MLA or their family members would get chairmanship or other posts, which would go to Congress workers in case the party formed the government in the state.