OPINION: Four new PPCC Vice Presidents have one thing in common!
Author(s): Varun MehtaThe Author. The emergence of the four new vice-presidents entrusted with the Himalayan task of putting the faction ridden PPCC back on rails has one thing in common- all the four have worked whole heartedly against...
The emergence of the four new vice-presidents entrusted with the Himalayan task of putting the faction ridden PPCC back on rails has one thing in common- all the four have worked whole heartedly against Congress and have fought elections as Independents against official Congress candidates in their respective constituencies.
Beginning with Tarlochan Soondh -a Dalit MLA from Banga, had fought election against the official Congress candidate in 1997.
O P Soni had fought elections independently against the official Congress candidate in 1997 and in 2002 and is an eyesore of the majority of Congress leaders of Amritsar and Gurdaspur district. Gurpreet Kangar from Malwa has fought as an Independent against the Congress candidate from Rampuraphul (Bathinda) in 2002 and was also an office-bearer of Youth Akali Dal.
Charanjit Singh Channi, another Dalit MLA, had fought independently against the Congress party candidate from Chamkaursahib (R) in 2007 and is hardly a year old officially in the Congress party.
So, the present assignment given to these so called “pillars” of the three regions in furthering the task of firming and expanding the eroded Congress base in Doaba, Majha and Malwa does not commensurate with their murky past.
Moreover, it is pertinent to mention that such experiments by the high command at this stage may not fetch the required results but shall definitely further deter the senior and seasoned Congress leaders who have been loyal, experienced, hard workers and have a long standing with the Congress fold who have never been jumping loyalties.
Will the Vice-President of Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi deeply look into this quagmire and give these appointments a second thought?
(The author is President of Rajiv Gandhi Youth Federation, Punjab.)
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