Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Congress becomes 'laughing stock' for Akalis

Hit by series of election losses, public bickering among top leaders and confused cadres, the Congress party is posing little challenge to the ruling Akali Dal

Congress becomes 'laughing stock' for Akalis (© PTI)

Chandigarh: A series of election losses in the last one year, public bickering among top leaders, a legislator deserting the party, some disastrous political moves and confused cadres - this is the state of Punjab's principal opposition, the Congress.

As the Congress sinks to new lows, it has become a mere "laughing stock" for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal. Even worse, despite all the turmoil and the political losses, there is no sign that the top Congress leadership in the state has learnt its lessons.

When former chief minister Amarinder Singh was finally removed as the state Congress president recently and replaced by the Lok Sabha MP from Gurdaspur, Pratap Singh Bajwa, he lost no time in declaring that the Congress high command, meaning party chief Sonia Gandhi, did not consult him before making the change. "I would have suggested the name of a better candidate," a petulant Amarinder Singh said.

With such a statement coming from, perhaps, the most popular Congress leader in the state, Bajwa's innings has certainly started on the wrong note. This happened at a time when the Congress virtually ended with egg on its face after recent events during the assembly's budget session.

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