At a meeting of the Congressional Labor Committee (CWC) on Sunday, party leader Sonia Gandhi said the support of former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh was a “mistake” despite the party’s growing backlash against state unity, sources told NDTV.
Congress held a nearly five-hour meeting marathon last Sunday to discuss the deplorable behavior of five of the last three states that the party ruled on its own, losing one of its five state elections.
When a senior official questioned the timing of the removal of Prime Minister Amarinder Singh, saying at the end of last year that it had to be done much earlier and mismanaged, Sonia Gandhi intervened and blamed her for saying she had long backed him. time, sources said.
“He admitted that it was his fault and that it was a mistake to allow him to continue as prime minister,” a party leader who attended the meeting, who believed in Gandhis as a captain, told NDTV.
After months of internal strife between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former prime minister was asked to step down in September, just five months before the February elections.
He launched a new party, the Punjab Lok Congress, and fought in the election with the BJP, including the long-standing bastion of Patiala, which did not win a single seat.
After Captain Singh left, Congress was besieged by another secret rivalry between his successor Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu, which led to a tug-of-war to secure the appointment of the party’s chief minister.
The dispute was resolved by Chief Rahul Gandhi, less than two weeks before the election, who chose Mr Channi as his “son of a poor house” while praising his nephew for his attacks on corruption.
Congress won only 18 of the 117 seats, and the eight-year-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 92, closing out a stunning sweep led by Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab candidate Bhagwant Mann.