Chandigarh: The truce seems to have finally prevailed in the Punjab Congress as the warring factions of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and State unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu have finally called a truce ahead of upcoming Assembly polls.
According to the IANS, the development came after veteran Congress leader Ambika Soni was appointed Chairman of the election coordination committee in Punjab.
This has brought an end to the turf war that ensued between Sidhu and Channi as Ambika’s inception in Punjab affairs has caused suspicion among the leaders, a Rajya Sabha member and close confidante of the Congres president has revealed.
Ambika Soni was said to be the choice of Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the Chief Minister’s post in Punjab after Captain Amarinder Singh’s exit but she had reportedly declined. She could be reckoned to be the choice of the high command if Congress returns to power as a consensus candidate.
Punjab polls early next year
The elections will be held to elect 117 members of the Legislative Assembly in Punjab in the month of February or March 2022. However, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to announce the schedule for the polls.
The term of the current assembly elected in 2017 will expire on 27 March 2022. In the upcoming elections, the main contest will be seen between the ruling Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years in power.
Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in the Punjab Legislative Assembly and became the main opposition party. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured three seats.