Cong senior leaders threaten to work against Preneet
Two factions of the Congress came at loggerheads after one of the group threatened to leave the party and work against Preneet Kaur, a party contestant from the Patiala constituency, during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2014 21:02 IST
Two factions of the Congress came at loggerheads after one of the group threatened to leave the party and work against Preneet Kaur, a party contestant from the Patiala constituency, during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Senior Congress local leaders, who have been working for the party for past 40 years and dedicatedly supported Gurdarshan Singh, a former health minister and three times MLA from Nabha, alleged that present MLA from the constituency Sadhu Singh Dharmsot has completely sidelined and ignored their interests.
The group alleged that even Preneet has failed to take a serious note of the issue and favoured Dharmsot.
The factionalism may increase problems of Preneet Kaur in the coming days.
Interestingly, if political experts are to be believed the road for winning the elections for fourth time would not be so easy for incumbent MP .
In 2009, she got convincing lead from Nabha with contribution of 5,8106 votes to her total secured 4.74 lakh votes.
Hardev Singh Sadhoheri, former market committee president, alleged that sensing their proximity with Gurdarshan Singh family and his son Randeep Singh, who is presently MLA from Amloh, Dharmsot, have overlooked the interests of senior leaders and didn't bother to invite them to any party meeting at local level.
"Even Preneet Kaur has not been at good terms with Randeep Singh for past time due to some reasons and that remained the only reason for sidelining us", he said.
He added that "despite extensively working for the party, we were not even invited to last month visit of Preneet Kaur to Nabha for the inauguration of sewerage project on February 27".
Another senior leader Rajesh Kumar Babla said if this continue for some more time, they would either leave the party or canvass against Preneet during the elections.
It is not for the first time that rift came to the fore in Nabha's Congress unit as in 2012 Amloh MLA Randeep Singh, who had represented Nabha assembly segment twice - in 1997 and 2002, has taken umbrage against former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh for not being invited to the rally in Nabha then.
Randeep said it was very shameful that senior leaders who contributed in making Nabha a Congress- dominated seat, have been sidelined.
"They are the people who ensured victory for Dharmsot and Preneet during last assembly and parliamentary elections ,respectively. They must be given due respect in the party and party leadership should step forward to redress their problems", said Randeep, who is also general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Nabha MLA Sadhu Singh Dharmsot said that he came to know that few senior leaders have held meeting .
"These are trivial issues. There are some misconceptions over some matters. Moreover, these things usually happen. We will sit and resolve the issues soon", Dharmsot said.
First Published: Mar 15, 2014 21:00 IST