Congress infighting came to the fore during a rally of Arjun Badal, son of the joint candidate of Congress and People’s Party of Punjab Manpreet Singh Badal, after supporters of two local Congress leaders Bhupinder Singh Gora and Sukhdev Natt exchanged heated arguments at Chotian village of the district and disrupted the rally.
Both the leaders were traveling with Arjun Badal to campaign in favour of Manpreet.
Both had reportedly also clashed with each other at Balian Wali village a few days ago. Congress president (rural) Gora Singh Tungwali said, “I have come to know about the incident at Chotian village. I would call both the leaders for a hearing and then take a decision to issue a notice,”
He said, “Congress stands united behind Manpreet and any such activity cannot be tolerated.” Congress infighting had remained the big cause of the party defeat in 2012 assembly elections. Though Manpreet downplayed the incident by calling it a ‘Punjabi thing’, however, it is also true that the absence of state-level Congress leaders in Bathinda can make things difficult for Manpreet.