CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI: Even as the political heat in Punjab is soaring after former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from Congress and announced his plans to launch the Punjab Lok Congress, several grand old party on Tuesday flew to holy shrine of Kedarnath, two days ahead of Diwali.
Amarinder had announced his resignation from the Congress after writing a seven page letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi. In his explosive letter, Amarinder made scathing attack on Sonia Gandhi and her son and daughter Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi respectively. He also slammed the Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
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Unfazed by the attacks, Sidhu and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi arrived at Kedarnath to offer prayers in an show of solidarity.
On Tuesday, both the leaders first arrived in Dehradun and met former Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat. After meeting Rawat, both the leaders then went to offer their prayers at Kedarnath temple.
“Life is fragile, handle with prayer…At Kedarnath, the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva …. Har Har Mahadev !” Sidhu tweeted.
Life is fragile,handle with prayer …. At Kedarnath, the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva ….Har Har Mahadev ! pic.twitter.com/z40FzVq8zq
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) November 2, 2021
Channi also took to Twitter and wrote, “Paid obeisance at the Kedarnath Shrine in Uttarakhand and prayed for the progress of Punjab and prosperity of its people”.
However, their trip to Kedarnath shrine invited digs from within the Congress.
Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar took to Twitter and wrote, “Political Pilgrims But each one trying to appease a different Deity (sic)”.
Speaking to The New Indian, a person who is involved in election management said, “The visit of the two leaders to Rawat comes on the day when Captain Amarinder Singh in his resignation letter said that he has never met a person like Rawat.”
The party leader further said that this is nothing but fallout of politics of Punjab as both of them came to Uttarakhand who installed them against Captain Amarinder Singh.
The party leader said, “The visit of the two Punjab leaders is also meant to attract the Sikh votes in Uttarakhand as well as Hindu votes in Punjab ahead of the assembly elections.”
The party leader further pointed out that nor Sidhu and neither Channi visited the Gurudwara of Shri Hemkunt Sahib in Uttarakhand.
Rawat was the party in-charge of Punjab when Sidhu was elevated as Punjab Congress chief and Channi was elected as the CM of the state.
“United face of Punjab Congress…but why in uttarakhand why not in Punjab (sic),” party’s Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu posted on Twitter with a photo in which Sidhu, Chaudhary, Channi and Rana KP.
Assembly elections in Punjab and Uttarakhand is due next year and the grand old party is eyeing a come back in the elections
Sidhu has been critical of the CM on several issues related to appointments and allocation of portfolios in the last few days that has left the party leadership worried.
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The Congress has been facing litmus test in the state ahead of the assembly elections next year. Amarinder was asked to step down as CM in September this year, months after Sidhu was elevated as state unit party chief. Sidhu was made the Congress state unit chief despite apprehensions by Amarinder in July this year.