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Even as the majority of Congress leaders in Punjab appear united against seat-sharing arrangement with the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, former state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday said the decision of the party high command is supreme.
“The decision of the party high command is supreme . It is for a greater cause,National interest has been kept paramount to honour the spirit of the constitution and to free the enchained institutions which draw their strength from constitutional values. Petty perish pump politics loaded with selfish vested interests should be discarded for safeguarding our DEMOCRACY. Elections are not fought for the next election, they are fought for the next generation. Long live INDIA. Jurrega BHARAT,” Sidhu said on X.
This statement came a day after a Punjab Congress meeting chaired by the state chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring in which party leaders expressed opposition to the proposed poll alliance with the ruling AAP for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state. AAP and Congress are part of the Opposition coalition, Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), formed to take on the Bharatiya Janata party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Sidhu’s statement came a day after Congress leaders said alliance with the main rival AAP would hurt the party prospects in Punjab and also demoralise the party supporters.
Sources said they were of the view that alliance with the ruling party would make the Congress lose ground as the main Opposition party and help the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal).
Party leaders asked the Punjab Congress chief and Leader of Opposition, Partap Singh Bajwa, to take up the matter with the party high command and dissuade party leadership against the move.
This Congress meeting was held a day after AAP leader and Punjab finance minister Harpal Singh Cheema said the party Party would contest the Parliamentary polls in the state in alliance with Congress “in order to save the country, its democracy and Constitution”.
Cheema said the INDIA alliance has been formed to save the country’s democracy and Constitution. “The aim behind the alliance is very big, for which small differences must be kept aside. Our priority is to save the country and its democracy and Constitution,” he had said.
Reacting to the Punjab Congress’ opposition to the alliance with the AAP, Cheema today said the reaction of the state unit does not mean anything because the national leaderships have decided to contest the elections together.
“Brushing aside our differences, we are fighting together to stop the BJP from succeeding in its efforts to silence all opposition in the country which is very dangerous for our democracy,” he said.