The Punjab Congress management is optimistic about Rahul Gandhi’s go to to Amritsar forward of the beginning of the Punjab leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, however the identical has given a lot wanted ammunition to opposition political events, particularly the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to censure Congress leaders for regularly rubbing salt on the injuries of Sikhs.
Rahul Gandhi stunned everybody on Tuesday together with his sudden go to to Amritsar when he visited Sri Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple) sporting a saffron turban and his signature type white t-shirt. Standing in a queue, he not solely entered the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Harmandir Sahib and paid homage, however listened to the kirtan sitting behind the Ragi and was additionally photographed.
The look and timing of Rahul Gandhi’s go to to the Golden Temple attracted media consideration though he was ‘ignored’ by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak committee who neither welcomed him nor supplied safety of his working group.
Political pundits are of the opinion that the Congress management is on the roads not to ‘unite’ India however to promote its personal political pursuits and stop the massive previous occasion from sinking, which has already been deserted by varied leaders. eminent Congressmen in Punjab.
To title some former Punjab Congress leaders who joined different political events embody former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman Sunil Jakhar, former ministers Raj Kumar Verka, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Mayor of Amritsar, Karamjit Singh. Ring, and so on.
As anticipated, the SAD fumed over Rahul Gandhi’s go to to the Golden Temple. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, spouse of occasion chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Union minister even sneered at Congress leaders for internet hosting Rahul Gandhi, alleging that the Gandhi household had betrayed Sikhs and Punjab and that the Gandhi household by no means even apologized.
Rahul Gandhi’s go to to the Golden Temple could have given the Congress occasion a chance to momentarily indulge in applause from a part of the Sikh neighborhood, however opposition Sikh leaders, significantly these in Akali and the BJP are of the view that the injuries allegedly inflicted by the Congress management previously wouldn’t be healed with such gestures.
Questions are additionally being raised as to why Congress assume tanks and strategists didn’t embody Amritsar within the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi in Punjab at the same time as he began the Punjab leg on Wednesday from Sirhind after paying his respects to Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib and would handle a rally at Pathankot on January 19.
Rahul can also be searching for the opinion of the Congress chief in each state he passes by way of through the Bharat Jodo Yatra on how to carry ahead the legacy of the Gandhi household and convey them again to energy below the present circumstances and Punjab is the one of many essential states the place the occasion had a very good presence but additionally misplaced a very good variety of leaders.
Although Rahul has emerged as an idealistic face of the occasion that has formed him all through these years, it is not going to be a simple job however an enduring pressure for him.