Top Ludhiana Cong leaders may jump ship soon? | Ludhiana News

LUDHIANA: Even as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has embarked on a Bharat Jodo Yatra, spreading a message of unity, the growing restlessness amongst the local party leaders and councillors who are weighing the options of joining BJP and AAP has left the senior leadership jittery.
According to information available from party insiders, some prominent faces of Ludhiana Congress, including former MLAs, councillors and ex-councillors are planning to join the BJP or AAP before Gandhi’s yatra enters Punjab. If one of the top leaders is to be believed, the ‘exodus’ may begin this week with the exit of one ex MLA, who is likely to join BJP soon after former Congress heavyweight Captain Amarinder Singh joined the saffron party along with his confidants. Several factors are being cited behind the Congress leaders considering switching sides.
Speaking to TOI on condition of anonymity, a very senior and prominent Congress leader said, “Crisis in Ludhiana Congress has already started with two sitting councillors and two ex-councillors joining Aam Admi Party (AAP) recently and this may become more apparent in a day or two as an exMLA from the city, who is very close to former Congress leaders Captain Amarinder Singh and Gulam NabiAzad, might join the BJP in the coming days. ” He claimed that besides him, there are about 10 to 12 sitting and ex councillors who are in talks with the leaders in AAP and the BJP. “A large number of councillors are likely to join AAP. Another former Congress MLA is also reported to be in touch with the opposition parties and is negotiating with them about giving him a respectable post in their organisation,” the leader said.
The leader also added, “There are several reasons for the turmoil our party is facing, the major one being the failure of our party and senior leaders in keeping the party workers, leaders and office bearers united. Another major reason for the planned exit of leaders from Ludhiana is that the party and its district unit have proved to be totally down and out, paralysed after the arrest of ex-minister and a local heavy weight Bharat Bhushan Ashu by the Vigilance Bureau.”
Party insiders admitted that the Congress has failed to carry out any major demonstration directly affecting the public, which could have boosted the morale of party workers. Meanwhile, a Congress councillor, while speaking to TOI, added, “Despite a big majority of councillors in the municipal corporation and with Congress mayor and deputy mayor, the developmental works in wards represented by the Congress councillors have been stalled. This has further lowered the morale of the councillors as there is no one in our party to lead them.”

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