The problems of Congress vice- president and former Doaba in-charge Tarlochan Singh Soondh have been increasing rapidly as many of his associates, sidelined from the party, have joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), reportedly due to his arrogant behaviour and aristocratic style of working.
Soondh was appointed vice-president and in-charge of party affairs for the region by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) to assist Partap Singh Bajwa, when Bajwa was appointed president of the party.
Son of former minister Jagat Ram Soondh, Tarlochan won the Banga assembly constituency during 2002 and 2012 elections.
Out of the 7 municipal councilors of Congress in the Banga Nagar council, five have said goodbye to the party.
Besides, Block Congress president Rajinder Sharma, Block General Secretary Dinesh Sharma, an old warhorse of the party Amrit Lal Gogi are some of the other members who have quit the party.
Terming their new party as the party with principles, the parting leaders did not hesitate to blame Soondh for their hard to take decision.
"We stood by Soondh all the time, when he was new to the city. We arranged nearly 58 meetings with workers during the previously contested assembly elections to ensure his victory. But he never took care of those who had worked for him. His style of working is non-cooperative and unacceptable," said Manohar Lal Bittu, a senior party leader adding that, "many other Congress workers and leaders are in our touch and they may join us in the coming days."
"AAP has registered over 2000 members in Banga in recently launched membership drive," Bittu added.
The councilors who joined AAP included Monika Walia, Manjinder Mohan, Kimti Saddi, Ranbir Rana and Arun Ghai.
"AAP has provided an opportunity to all those serious party workers who are honest and committed towards public service. We are hopeful that the public of Banga will teach a lesson to Soondh for his neglect of party workers, leaders and common man," said Amrit Lal Gogi, a senior leader.
Soondh, when contacted by HT for comments, denied any sort of anger against him among the people. "I am still the leader of masses in Banga. In my constituency, factionalism is at the peak and we are trying to neutralise the same. There is no threat to the party in Banga as only a few workers have switched their loyalties that too because of their political compulsions," he said.