With Navjot Singh Sidhu-led Awaaz-e-Punjab trying to enter into an alliance with the Congress, fault lines have appeared in the already faction-ridden state unit of the party. Close associates of PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh are seeing a well-thought move by the rival faction behind Awaaz-e-Punjab’s statement that they were prepared for an alliance with the Congress minus Amarinder.
They claim that a few days ago, Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa met Sidhu, although the former PPCC chief has denied it. Bajwa rather said it would be “suicidal” for the Congress to accept the Awaaz-e-Punjab’s demand with regard to Amarinder at this stage when the entire campaign has been built around him”.
Amarinder’s supporters suspect the hand of some insiders behind the stand taken by the front. Besides, the statement has also come at a time when pressure was being built on the party high command to declare Amarinder as the CM candidate. The front leaders had yesterday claimed that they were in touch with the emissaries of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for an electoral alliance. Surprisingly, Amarinder has not reacted to this development.
Ever since Sidhu resigned from the BJP’s Rajya Sabha seat, the Congress leadership has been in touch with him. Independent MLA from Ludhiana and a leader of the Awaaz-e-Punjab Simarjit Singh Bains has already said that the issue of seat sharing was being discussed with the Congress. The sources said in the talks on seat sharing, the role of Navjot Kaur Sidhu in the proposed alliance and the constituencies from where ticket would be offered to the Bains brothers and Pargat Singh were the issues. It is being said that Sidhu would not accept anything less than firm assurance to make his wife the Deputy CM in the alliance won the elections.