Chandigarh: Congress, which is battling infighting in Punjab, has suffered a major setback. Batala’s senior Congress leader and former tourism minister Ashwani Sekhri will join the Shiromani Akali Dal. Amidst the feud between CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Akali Dal has made a big ‘dent’ by the Congress. Tomorrow on Monday, Sukhbir Singh Badal will make a formal announcement in Chandigarh. Ashwani Sekhri was the Hindu face of Congress in Majha area of Punjab. He had been the tourism minister in the Amarinder Singh government of 2002.
Let us tell you that to end the discord in Punjab Congress, Rahul Gandhi is constantly meeting the leaders of the party. Rahul Gandhi also met Ashwani Sekhri on 22 June. After meeting Rahul Gandhi, Sekhdi had said, “How many fires are taking place in the house…the head of the house is Captain Saheb or Jakhar Saheb…the responsibility lies with him. Sidhu is an institution in itself. He was a big player of cricket, worked in other parties. In the Congress too, he played a very good role in the last election. Today if she is not satisfied, then the responsibility goes directly to the Chief Minister.
Big trouble for Congress!
Ashwani Sekhri’s departure from Congress is not a good sign at a time when Rahul Gandhi himself is talking to the leaders of Punjab Congress. It is believed that after Sekhdi, those Congress leaders who are dissatisfied can take such a step.
Akali Dal benefits
On the other hand, after separating from BJP, Akali Dal was looking for a Hindu face in Punjab. The Akali Dal feels that it would be better to field a Hindu face if it is to get urban votes. Earlier, when Akali Dal and BJP had an alliance, urban votes went to the BJP’s account, while the rural vote came from the Akali Dal.
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