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Rift in city Cong? Ex-chief floats front

Sandeep Rana

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

A former president of town Congress, Pradeep Chhabra, who lately floated a “non-political” Chandigarh Progressive Entrance, and the get together appear to be treading totally different paths, hinting at a significant rift within the get together.

Yesterday, town unit of the get together held a digital get together assembly with out inviting Chhabra. The latter, alongside along with his supporters, had held a significant occasion on the start anniversary of BR Ambedkar in Ram Darbar lately. The Congress had organised varied Ambedkar Jyanti programmes in several components of town and Chhabra was not current in any of those.

The ex-president of town Congress has additionally been sharing day-to-day messages below the banner of his newly fashioned entrance. Such a entrance was earlier fashioned by former MP

Harmohan Dhawan, who later left the BJP and contested the final parliamentary elections from town on the AAP ticket.

‘Had no alternative’

I’ve fashioned a non-political entrance solely to boost metropolis points and for social works. I needed to type it as I used to be not being invited to the get together’s occasions within the metropolis. —Pradeep Chhabra, Former President, Metropolis Congress

“If issues don’t enhance between Chhabra and town Congress, the previous might independently battle the following MC elections to be held on the finish of this yr,” stated a supply near him.

Nevertheless, Chhabra, ex-Mayor, stated, “I’m a Congressman and can stay so in future as properly. I’ve fashioned a non-political entrance solely to boost metropolis points and for social works. I needed to type it as I used to be not being invited to the get together’s occasions within the metropolis.

What’s my fault? I even attended the swearing-in ceremony of my successor.”

His shut affiliate and Congress normal secretary Sandeep Bhardwaj as we speak criticised the transfer of not inviting Chhabra and him to a celebration assembly yesterday. “I’ve been within the Congress for 36 years, however was not invited to the assembly. Even a earlier get together president was not invited. Let the time come, we are going to search solutions.”

Metropolis Congress president Subhash Chawla stated, “We’re calling all leaders by way of a standard group and no private invitation is distributed to anybody. Solely in yesterday’s digital assembly, he (Chhabra) was not invited as solely 25 individuals have been known as because of Covid.” He added, “No office-bearer of the Chandigarh Congress has been appointed but. Solely 4 spokespersons, block presidents and the Chief of Opposition have been appointed.”

Central Congress management had declared former Mayor Chawla the brand new head of the get together’s metropolis unit on February 9.

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