Indo-Pak diplomatic relations have suffered a serious jolt under the present 15-month rule of the BJP led NDA government at the centre, said former union minister of law and justice and Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, Ashwani Kumar, while addressing the media at his residence here on Saturday.
He said the present situation poses a formidable challenge to Indian diplomacy. Kumar remarked that maintaining diplomatic relations with the neighbouring countries should be a prime concern of the government.
Kumar said the 'divisive' policies of the BJP would weaken the social fabric of the country, thereby weakening the security of the country.
He asserted that rumours about the Congress having a dual leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi represent a perverted view. Kumar said the leadership of the Congress party works as a team, utilising energy of the youth and experience of the old guard of the party.
Kumar said the Punjab Congress would soon have a new president adding that Ambika Soni was the choice of the party leadership for the post. He said the party was about to announce the appointment of Ambika Soni as state Congress president but then a new issue of replacing Punjab Congress legislative party leader Sunil Jakhar came up as the party could not afford to offer these two posts to the leaders from the same community, that is the Hindus.
Kumar hinted that Sunil Jakhar was likely to be replaced by a new leader of opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
He said the Congress leadership would consider the winnability of the candidates before fielding them in the 2017 assembly elections in Punjab. Kumar said that the Congress had always been the guardian of the interests of the poor and have-nots and would strengthen itself around issues inclusive of constructive agenda for national renewal.
Kumar said the next election in the state would be fought between the Congress and the Akali Dal and all other parties, including the Aam Admi Party (AAP), would play a spoiler's role.
Kumar alleged the SAD-BJP government had proved to be a failure on all fronts and the SAD-BJP alliance would suffer a humiliating defeat in the 2017 assembly elections.