Navjot Singh Sidhu’s impending appointment because the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) may imply he could be Captain Amarinder Singh’s successor and possibly the Chief Minister of the state someday sooner or later if the Congress wins in 2022 in Punjab.
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s media advisor on Thursday mentioned Singh “will lead the party to victory in the 2022 polls as he did in 2017”, implying that 79-year-old Singh is in no temper to hold his boots. The celebration goes into the elections with Singh because the CM however Sidhu’s possible appointment because the PPCC Chief clears the succession path for the celebration in Punjab because the High Command does see Sidhu because the “future”. Who turns into the CM additionally is determined by whom the bulk of MLAs help, which is presently loved by Captain Amarinder Singh.
There are newest precedents within the Congress of PCC Chiefs turning into the CMs if a majority of the successful MLAs again the particular person, which is a fewoccasions the case because the PCC Chief has a serious say in deciding tickets. In truth, earlier than the 2017 meeting elections in Punjab in the same set of circumstances, Captain Amarinder Singh had compelled the Congress High Command to nominate him because the PPCC Chief changing Partap Singh Bajwa, his identified detractor. Singh received the put up and later Rahul Gandhi additionally introduced him because the CM face simply on the eve of the elections. Now, Sidhu appears to be forcing the High Command’s hand to increase him the identical favour.
In 2019, Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Baghel have been the PCC Chiefs in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh when the states went to polls and later turned CMs when the celebration gained. Kamal Nath was additionally made PCC Chief simply earlier than the elections changing Arun Yadav. Jyotiraditya Scindia had pitched to be made PCC chief and be declared because the CM face however the celebration selected Nath, who finally was additionally the selection of the bulk of the MLAs for the CM chair too. Nath remained the PCC chief together with being CM, that led to Scindia leaving the celebration finally.
Bhupesh Baghel trumped TS Singh Deo to the CMs chair additionally on the advantage of being the PCC chief and majority MLAs supporting him.
The one place this didn’t occur was in Rajasthan the place PCC Chief Sachin Pilot was not made the CM as former CM Ashok Gehlot commanded the help of extra MLAs. Pilot had in face cited the examples of Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to the Congress High Command to make his case of turning into the CM however was overruled and as an alternative given the Deputy CM put up. Later, Gehlot ensured Pilot needed to be dropped each as Deputy CM in addition to the PCC Chief.
The Punjab case appears to match extra with Rajasthan the place a senior colleague trumped the PCC chief to the CM chair finally.
These precedents are why Sidhu’s appointment as PPCC Chief, when it’s introduced, will escalate the tiff within the Congress in Punjab as Captain Amarinder Singh doesn’t need to cling his boots but and each leaders would need their loyalists to get most tickets to help their case for the CMs chair if the celebration wins. While the Congress needs each leaders to work collectively for a win in Punjab, the CM and the brand new possible PPCC could nicely work at cross-ends.