A lesson in mismanagement. That is how the Congress protest rally against state govternment's recent policy decisions panned out here. Congress leaders were seen pushing each other to get clicked with the PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh on the dais, while the workers were left sweating under the scorching heat.
Perhaps, due to the experience with earlier rallies, which reported thin attendance, the organizers installed a very small shamiana, making it difficult for party leaders from outside to make their way to the dais, which was already full of local leaders.
Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa, brother of Congress MP Partap Bajwa, struggled his way to the dais. However, once there he was so cramped that he had to hang on tight.
Some Congress leaders, including MLAs, preferred to sit in their air-conditioned cars instead of sweating it out among protestors. Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee and his wife Suman Kaypee, who contested the recent assembly election, also stayed away from the dharna.
The common man also had a tough time accessing the District Administrative Complex for their work, as all roads were blocked by the police. The rally vehicles were also seen parked on the roads, adding to torture for the common man.
The organizers had arranged an air-conditioned bus in which Amarinder was supposed to have interacted with the media. However, Congress workers occupied the bus. Finally, the bus ferried Captain Amarinder Singh along with the media to the nearby residence of Rana Gurjit Singh, where Rana had to stand personally to stop party workers from entering the room, where Captain was interacting with scribes.