Amid reports of likely change of guard in Punjab Congress, the much-hyped padyatra of party’s state chief Partap Singh Bajwa, which was scheduled to start from October 2 from Pathankot, has been deferred.
Bajwa, who had earlier announced that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would attend his padyatra, cited Rahul’s absence as the reason.
Bajwa, when contacted, claimed that the new date would be announced after the Congress vice-president would come back from the US. “We had started preparing for the rally. But Bajwa told us at the Kisan Rally in Delhi on September 20 that it will not be held as scheduled, as Rahul Gandhi would be leaving for US,” Vinay Mahajan, senior Congress leader from Sujanpur, said.
However, loyalists of former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh claimed that Bajwa had been announcing Rahul’s participation in his programmes to save his position as the PPCC chief.
“In March too, he had announced Rahul’s participation in a mega kisan rally in Moga, which, too, was called off, as Rahul had proceeded on a sabbatical. Bajwa postponed his rallies scheduled in September as well after being tipped by the party high command about his likely ouster,” a Congress MLA from Gurdaspur said.
Bajwa had announced to cover the entire state during his padyatra in six months, starting from October 2 and ending in March.