For Chaud­hary, Cong in­fight­ing makes con­test tough

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Election20­19 - Jatin­der Ma­hal n jatin­[email protected]

With just four days left for Lok Sabha polling, in­ter­nal dis­cord among Congress lead­ers is ex­pected to dam­age the prospects of its Ja­land­har can­di­date San­tokh Chaud­hary, who is fac­ing the SAD-BJP can­di­date Cha­ran­jit Singh At­wal, this time.

The Ja­land­har Lok Sabha (re­served) seat, was a Congress bas­tion which falls in the Dalit heart­land Doaba re­gion, with the party hav­ing won pre­vi­ous four polls. It was only in 1998 that In­der Ku­mar Gu­jral, a Janata Dal can­di­date, won elec­tions on this seat.

Cur­rently, af­ter get­ting a ticket fol­low­ing a stiff com­pe­ti­tion within the party, Chaud­hary’s cam­paign re­mains low key in the ab­sence of his party’s se­nior lead­ers and MLAs in his cam­paigns. Be­sides chief min­is­ter Capt Amarinder Singh ad­dress­ing a rally in Kar­tarpur on May 2 and ac­com­pa­ny­ing him to file nom­i­na­tion pa­pers in Ja­land­har, there is no sign of the party high com­mand in Ja­land­har.

The SAD-BJP had held four ral­lies af­ter an­nounc­ing Cha­ran­jit Singh At­wal as its can­di­date on March 16 and for­mer CM Parkash Singh Badal ad­dressed a rally in his sup­port in Kar­tarpur.

A se­nior Congress leader re­vealed that although Chaud­hary’s son – gen­eral sec­re­tary of PPCC, Vikramjit Singh Chaud­hary – is lead­ing his cam­paign in the con­stituency, many se­nior lead­ers, in­clud­ing Ja­land­har MLAs and lo­cal party cadre, are not happy with his style of work­ing and have pre­ferred to stay away from cam­paigns.

Other se­nior Congress lead­ers had re­volted against Chaud­hary’s and are miss­ing from his cam­paigns.

In Nako­dar, for­mer min­is­ter Amar­jit Singh Samra can­celled his road show last week af­ter Chaud­hary failed to turn up.

Even though Chaud­hary won with 70, 000 votes in 2014, this time he is fac­ing flak from peo­ple for un­filled poll prom­ises by Congress.

San­tokh Singh Chaud­hary

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