Factions in the Batala Congress came to the fore during the road show organised by Punjab Youth Congress secretary Nitin Sharma here on Friday.
Though all the Sekhri supporters remained absent from his huge road show, which passed various markets of the town bringing the traffic to a halt. Many of the veteran Congress leaders, including former
city Congress president Kasturi Lal Seth, former state executive member Manjit Hanspal and several former councillors and sarpanches joined his yatra.
Traffic came to a standstill at various places with the harried traffic cops working overtime to help commuters reach their respective destinations.
Holding flags of the Congress, hundreds of activists led by Sharma moved from the Sukha Singh Mehtab Singh Chowk to Kali Mata temple through Gandhi Chowk shouting pro-Amarinder Singh slogans.
Talking to HT, Sharma, who is also a ticket contender from the youth Congress quota for the Batala seat, said he had started this yatra
“Capt leyao, Punjab bachao” (Bring Captain, save Punjab) to listen to the grievances of the residents of this industrial town towards the government and later give the entire report to the party high command.
“For the next three months, I will go door to door and will cover the entire assembly constituency and will aware the people about the policies of the Congress.”
Making a stern attack on Sekhri, Sharma said Sekhri did not take part in the discussion on the SYL canal and instead wanted to speak on an ‘irrelevant’ issue in the state assembly, he should be censured by the party high command.
Today’s road show has vertically divided the party into anti and pro-Sekhri groups, a development which does not augur well for the party ahead of the assembly elections.
This is not the first time the MLA has to face the wrath of his partymen. Earlier, when he used his casting vote to install a BJP man as the president of the municipal committee (MC), there was a huge uproar
against his action. “Disciplinary proceedings should be initiated against the MLA for indulging in anti-party activities. I am going to take a delegation of the youth Congress workers to Delhi soon o meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi where we will apprise her of the activities of the MLA,” said Nitin Sharma.