Navjot Singh Sidhu’s impending appointment because the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) may imply he may very well be the following chief minister of the state if Congress wins in 2022 and a majority of the MLAs assist him, as was the precedent earlier in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
This isn’t anticipated to go down properly with CM Captain Amarinder Singh whose media advisor on Thursday mentioned Singh “will lead the occasion to victory within the 2022 polls as he did in 2017″, implying that 79-year-old Singh is in no temper to hold his boots.
The occasion nonetheless appears to be in no temper to declare Singh because the CM face once more and should depart that decision to publish the elections, if it wins. Nonetheless, the Excessive Command does see Sidhu because the “future” and one senior chief informed News18 that Singh in 2017 had mentioned that it was his final election, however later went again on his phrases a 12 months in the past and mentioned that he would give the CM chair one other shot in 2022. Singh’s objections to Sidhu being made the PPCC chief additionally has a reference level within the occasion’s historical past.
There are newest precedents within the Congress of PCC chiefs turning into the CMs if a majority of the successful MLAs again the particular person, which is normally the case because the PCC chief has a serious say in deciding tickets.
The truth is, earlier than the 2017 meeting elections in Punjab in an identical set of circumstances, Captain Amarinder Singh had compelled the Congress Excessive Command to nominate him because the PPCC chief changing Partap Singh Bajwa, his recognized detractor. Singh bought the publish and later Rahul Gandhi additionally introduced him because the CM face simply on the eve of the elections. Now, Sidhu appears to be forcing the Excessive Command’s hand to increase the identical favour.
In 2019, Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Baghel had been the PCC chiefs in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh when the states went to polls and later grew to become CMs when the occasion received.
Kamal Nath was additionally made PCC chief simply earlier than the elections changing Arun Yadav. Jyotiraditya Scindia had pitched to be made PCC chief and be declared because the CM face however the occasion selected Nath, who in the end was additionally the selection of the vast majority of the MLAs for the CM chair too.
Nath remained the PCC chief together with being CM, that led to Scindia leaving the occasion in the end. Bhupesh Baghel trumped TS Singh Deo to the CMs chair additionally on the advantage of being the PCC chief and majority MLAs supporting him.
The one place this didn’t occur was in Rajasthan the place PCC chief Sachin Pilot was not made the CM as former CM Ashok Gehlot commanded the assist of extra MLAs.
Pilot had in face cited the examples of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to the Congress Excessive Command to make his case of turning into the CM however was overruled and as a substitute given the deputy CM publish. Later, Gehlot ensured Pilot needed to be dropped each as deputy CM in addition to the PCC chief.
These precedents are why Sidhu’s appointment as PPCC chief, when it’s introduced, will escalate the tiff within the Congress in Punjab as Captain Amarinder Singh doesn’t wish to hold his boots but and each leaders would need their loyalists to get most tickets to assist their case for the CMs chair if the occasion wins. Whereas the Congress needs each leaders to work collectively for a win in Punjab, the CM and the brand new possible PPCC might properly work at cross-ends.
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