Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Rajasthan. Congress is facing similar situation in all these three states. The story is completely about the chair. In order to get this chair, mutual strife is at its peak. Bhupesh Baghel and TS Singhdeo in Chhattisgarh, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab and Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan are engaged in pulling each other’s ‘legs’. BJP’s foreign affairs department head Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwale quipped on the Congress’s position. On Friday, he shared a video clip and wrote that it has nothing to do with the friendship of Baghel-Singhdev, Sidhu-Captain or Pilot-Gehlot.
The relationship between Chief Minister Baghel and Health Minister Singhdeo has not been smooth since the Congress government formed in Chhattisgarh in December 2018. Supporters of Singhdeo say that for two-and-a-half years, there was an agreement on the Chief Minister. In such a situation, now Singhdev should be made the Chief Minister. Baghel and Singhdev have had a meeting with Rahul Gandhi in the capital.
At the same time, there is a tussle between Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and State Congress Committee President Navjot Singh Sidhu. For a long time, both of them are trying hard to humiliate each other. The party leadership had appointed cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress chief a few weeks ago, ignoring Amarinder Singh’s protest. But, till now factionalism in the state Congress has not ended.
A similar situation in Rajasthan is between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot. Both the camps have been openly scoffing at each other for the past several months. The Pilot camp wants the Gehlot cabinet to be expanded. At the same time, the Chief Minister has been avoiding it.