Kotkapura issue raises ahead of Punjab Assembly elections 2022: The elevation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Punjab Congress president does not seem to have gone down well with former party chief Sunil Jakhar.
Addressing party workers on the sidelines of the elevation ceremony of Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sunil Jakhar asked state party affairs in-charge Harish Rawat to convey his message to party stalwarts Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi that the "Congress would have to take the route of Punjab to come to power at the Centre and to regain power in the state it will have to take up the issue of Kotkapura sacrilege incident in the run-up to the Assembly elections 2022".
Jakhar asked party workers to reach out to the masses and publicise welfare schemes initiated by the Congress government.
Jakhar said it had become a tradition in the Congress to placate leader(s) ahead of any major event, which points towards a face-saving exercise.
Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) lashed out at Sunil Jakhar for raking up the Kotakpura sacrilege incident ahead of the elections. Youth Akali Dal president Parambans Singh Bunty Romana described Jakhar's statement as shameful and unfortunate. "Raking up the sacrilege issue is merely a gimmick ahead of the elections," said Romana.
Likewise, SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said that it was Congress' strategy for 2022.
Sidhu takes charge as Punjab Congress' chief
Navjot Singh Sidhu assumed charge as the Punjab Congress President in the presence of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, and in charge Harish Rawat.