Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday rued a series of desertions the party has suffered recently, mentioning Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Sushmita Dev and Luizinho Faleiro, the latest party leader to jump ship. This comes a day after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as the Punjab Congress president, sending shockwaves across the state’s political circles.
I’m speaking to you (media) on behalf of those Congressmen who wrote the letter in August last year and are waiting for the actions to be taken by our leadership in respect of the election of the office of the president, to Congress Working Committee and central election committee.
“I believe that one of my senior colleagues has [perhaps written or is about to write to Congress president to immediately convene a CWC so that a dialogue can take place as to why we are in this state,” Kapil Sibal said adding that party has no president at present and hence he doesn’t know who takes these decisions. “We know and yet we don’t know,” Sibal said. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has reportedly written a letter to Sonia Gandhi, asking her to convene an urgent meeting of CWC meeting.
Sibal said that G-23 will raise issues that need to be addressed. “It is very clear. We are G-23 not Ji Huzoor 23. We will keep talking. We will continue to reiterate our demands,” Sibal said.Sibal’s comments come at a time when the Punjab Congress is internally split in several factions with a new drama unfolding every day.
Following Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation from the post of CM, which did not happen in an amicable way, Charanjit Singh Channi was chosen as the chief minister. His new Cabinet took oaths and as the new government is set to roll with only a few months left for the election, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from his post expressing dissatisfaction with the portfolio allocation that Charanjit Singh Channi made.