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Congress unit inactive since Lok Sabha polls

The district unit of the Congress has been inactive since the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections where party candidate Vijay Inder Singla lost his deposit.

punjab Updated: Sep 28, 2014 21:19 IST
Neeraj Mohan

The district unit of the Congress has been inactive since the debacle in the Lok Sabha elections where party candidate Vijay Inder Singla lost his deposit.Be it Sant Harchand Singh Longowal's death anniversary or the Shaheed Udham Singh's birth anniversary celebrations in Sunam or the almost-three-months'-long protests by Dalits over the auction of reserved panchayati land in several villages of the district, the Congress did not actively participate in them.

On the other hand, the Akali Dal, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India and even the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) have held several functions here after the Lok Sabha elections.

And AAP MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann has been making the most of Congress' absence to strengthen his base in both urban and rural areas. Members from several unions have also been visiting Sangrur to seek Mann's support for their agitations.

Meanwhile, SAD's Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who also lost the Lok Sabha election from here, and
his son and finance minister Parminder Dhindsa never miss an opportunity to prove their presence in Sangrur.

Similarly, the BJP also regularly raises issues of Sangrur residents. Party secretary Jitender Kalra is fighting for the upgradation of Sangrur bus stand.

But, Congress has not been effective opposition as Vijay Inder Singla has not made a public appearance after the defeat. Other leaders from the party, including former chief minister and Lehra MLA Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, district president Roop Kaur Bagrian, former MLA Surinder Pal Singh Sibia have only rarely come to the district.

When asked if the senior leaders' long absence would demoralise ground level workers, Congress district president Roop Kaur Bagrian said, "We got a call today and the party will organise a meeting in Chandigarh on Monday. We are soon going to hold meetings and dharnas at the district-level for the municipal committee elections."

Speaking about Congress' absence, Mann remarked, "Though the Congress is the principal opposition party in the assembly, they are doing nothing at the ground level. But, I am happy that people across the state are coming to me with their demands."