With Sidhu playing from either end of the pitch in March, the Congress’s Punjab chief minister’s problem could get stuck.

In media interviews months before the 2018 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia had made a strong pitch for himself to declare his then party, the Congress, as the chief ministerial face. It was not to happen. Action replay of the same is now going on in Punjab with Navjot Singh Sidhu.

A is saying baraat Can’t be without the groom and this indicates how the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost in the last elections in punjab Because it didn’t declare CM face, Sidhu made his case clear – “Declare me CM face”.

In those Navjot Singh Sidhu The camp cited former state party presidents like him becoming CMs – like Kamal Nath and Bhupesh Baghel. A close aide of Sidhu told News18.com that in 2017 Captain Amarinder Singh as the state party chief was declared the CM face in those elections.

However, the Congress has a problem here – it has gone to town for the past three months with its decision to install Charanjit Singh Channi, the first Dalit CM in Punjab. Opponents of the party have repeatedly attacked Channi, calling him a ‘stop-gap arrangement’ and questioning whether Sidhu will be replaced as CM if the party is successful in winning. This struggle seems to have prompted the Congress to go with a rather complicated approach, not projecting any CM face despite being the party in power.

But no longer playing for any more surprises, Sidhu’s batsmen are now playing from both ends of the pitch. He has intensified attacks on Channi’s performance and is touring the state and unilaterally announcing candidates for some seats, without arriving at any conclusions from the CM or other senior Congress members or the AICC’s screening process.

One, he is trying to declare himself as the face, and second, if the party wins the election, he is aiming to give more tickets to his loyalists to support him as MLA for the chief minister’s chair. .

Sidhu’s camp feels that with the re-emergence of the sacrilege and FIR against Bikram Singh Majithia, the former cricketer’s stock is up as he is seen as the champion of both these causes in Punjab. To be fair, Channi has never said publicly that he will be the face of the chief minister or wants to be in the chair once the election is over and the party wins.

But the Congress’ statement that Channi is out of the race contradicts the “big Dalit move” it was claimed to have achieved. Thus, the Congress has chosen to contest the election under ‘collective leadership’ and has kept the chief minister’s question before the voters ambiguous.

But one needs to return to Scindia’s story to understand why it may or may not work. Scindia, after failing to clear his name as the CM face before the MP election, made another pitch for the chair the day after the 2018 election results, but was overlooked in favor of Kamal Nath.

More than a year later, he toppled the government in Madhya Pradesh by moving himself and his MLAs to the BJP. If his party wins in Punjab but he is not made the CM, will Sidhu follow the same path? Brace for effect in March.

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