Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024


CHANDIGARH: More fissures seem within the INDIA bloc after Punjab’s ruling AAP slams the principle Opposition get together, Congress that continues to be against it within the state.

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann fired a salvo by sarcastically saying, “Ek thi Congress” on the primary day of 2024 that can see the final elections within the nation.

“Ek thi Congress” is the world’s shortest story, Mann advised the media right here.

At the identical time, the Congress paid him again in the identical coin by saying, “Ek tha Joker.”

The Congress stated there have been frequent ideologies between the AAP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in looking for a “Congress-free India”.

Taking to X, Congress chief Pawan Khera responded to Mann’s assertion by saying, “How similar are the views of AAP and Modi ji! Both of them dream of a Congress-free India. Will eat both mouthfuls.” “By the way, the name of a Bhojpuri picture is ‘Ek tha Joker’. You must have seen it?” he added.

Joining the problem, Congress state chief Navjot Sidhu stated his questions backed by information and figures on the Delhi liquor rip-off have remained unanswered since Punjab Elections in 2022.

“Your silence is a deafening betrayal of the principles you once advocated, ” he taunted AAP National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Former state Congress chief Sidhu stated the as soon as vocal advocate for accountability has gone mute. “Is it a confession of inconvenient truths? The self-proclaimed RTI crusader has morphed into a master of evasion…Time for accountability and transparency, ” he stated, including, “The Congress was, is and always will be there.”

In the backdrop of the AAP’s ‘Vikas Kranti Rally’ in Bathinda district that noticed the presence of Mann and Kejriwal, the maverick chief Sidhu at a ‘Jittega Punjab, Jittegi Congress (Punjab will win, Congress will win)’ rally on the identical day within the district took a dig on the authorities by saying a sand tipper which earlier offered for Rs 3, 000 now prices Rs 21, 000.

He slammed Mann and Kejriwal for promising Rs 20, 000 crore income from sand mining and said that “the government could collect a mere Rs 125 crore”.

He additionally took a jibe on the AAP leaders for not fulfilling the pre-poll promise of giving Rs 1, 000 allowance per 30 days to each girl aged 18 and above.

However, knives are out inside the get together in opposition to Sidhu for his rallies, which rivals describe as “self-glorification events.”

Sidhu has additionally been slamming his get together colleagues, together with former Chief Minister Charanjit Channi, who was the chief ministerial candidate within the 2022 Assembly elections. Leaders consider Sidhu’s assertions harmed the get together within the 2022 Assembly elections too.

The AAP had received 92 seats in Punjab — up from 20 in 2017 with its vote share rising to 42.4 per cent. At a public assembly in Bathinda final month, Kejriwal appealed to the individuals to vote for the ruling AAP in all 13 seats within the Lok Sabha elections, hinting at no scope for seat sharing with its INDIA ally Congress.

He additionally requested the general public, “Tell me one thing that the Akali Dal-BJP Government and the Congress Government have done in 75 years?”

The Congress had received eight Lok Sabha seats within the state in 2019, whereas the AAP received solely a single seat.

The state unit of the Congress has been opposing the proposal of an alliance with the AAP.

Slamming the federal government after Arjuna Awardee Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dalbir Singh was discovered lifeless beneath mysterious circumstances in Jalandhar, Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa stated that on the very first day of this 12 months it has been established that the federal government is totally inefficient in streamlining the regulation and order scenario.

On the event of New Year 2024, Bajwa wished higher sense would prevail over the federal government and it might begin working for the betterment of the state.

“What the AAP Government in Punjab did in 2023 was exactly opposite of what it promised before elections in 2022. The government performed far from the expectations of the people of Punjab, ” Bajwa advised the media.

On the drug menace, Bajwa stated that AAP’s senior management, together with Mann and Kejriwal, had vowed to finish the drug menace inside 4 months of forming the federal government. However, on August 15, 2023, the Punjab Chief Minister sought one other 12 months to finish the rising drug abuse within the state. Meanwhile, it has been greater than 4 months since he made one other pledge, and he has completed actually nothing besides conduct roadshows and cycle rallies.

“By the end of this financial year, the state’s debt will cross the Rs 3 lakh crore mark. Instead of raising revenue of the state from various sources like Rs 20, 000 crore from sand mining and Rs 34, 000 crore by ending corruption, the AAP Government kept borrowing from several financial agencies, including the Reserve Bank of India, ” stated Bajwa.

The Opposition chief stated the regulation and order scenario in Punjab remained poor in 2023 as effectively. Just like in 2022, grotesque crimes came about in 2023, too, and the AAP Government merely remained a mute spectator.

“I urge Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, who also holds the Home portfolio to pull up his socks and chalk out an effective strategy to tackle organised crimes and growing gun violence in the state, ” Bajwa added.

As the combating between the AAP and the Congress escalates, hopes about their collective energy within the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, in Punjab diminish, say political observers.

The scenario, they are saying, appears fluid for each the arch-rivals. The AAP and the Congress have by no means been on the identical web page in state politics, which is essentially dominated by the Congress and the Akali Dal, for the reason that former’s meteoric rise within the 2014 parliamentary polls.

Since the 21-month-old AAP Government, which trounced the normal gamers that dominated the state for over seven many years, has an edge over all rivals, the Mann-led dispensation has sharp variations with all Opposition events — the Congress, the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Missing no alternative, Chief Minister Mann is commonly accusing the BJP and the Congress of working collectively to topple the AAP Government.

In the current political state of affairs, the BJP, using excessive on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reputation, is gung-ho about its prospects within the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress is but to emerge from its personal shadow, first to problem the ruling AAP after which to counter the saffron brigade, which is essentially banking on the sections deserting it, primarily Jat Sikhs, to strengthen its base.

Also, the state’s as soon as outstanding regional outfit SAD, which marked its centennial in 2021, is dealing with its worst disaster “structurally, organisationally, and even in terms of ideological leadership.”

There is a mass exodus of leaders, even SAD veterans with gray, flowing beards. Now the SAD is returning to its “panthic” (Sikh spiritual) agenda to win again its core base of the Sikhs, significantly in rural belts, after the backlash to the 2015 sacrilege incidents and to its preliminary assist to the Centre’s (now repealed) farm legal guidelines.

Apart from former Chief Minister Channi, the Vigilance Bureau has initiated probes in opposition to a number of Congress leaders, together with former Deputy Chief Minister OP Soni, former ministers Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Vijay Inder Singla, Brahm Mohindra, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Sham Sunder Arora.

Dismissing prices of “political vendetta”, Chief Minister Mann has been saying the federal government has waged a struggle in opposition to corruption, and plenty of leaders, together with the AAP’s personal males, who indulged in corruption, have been put behind bars.

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