Lessons from deputy CM

Why can't Captain Amarinder Singh be a good manager like Sukhbir Singh Badal? Such questions are being asked by Congress leaders from Doaba region ever since the Paramjit Singh Sarna group lost the DSGMC elections in spite of Amarinder campaigning for them. "He is a versatile man with aesthetic tastes as varied as writing, cooking, gardening and photography but what happens when it comes to politics or elections?" asked a party leader. There are many who are fervently praying that Amarinder was versatile in "politics' ó his profession.

Politics sans borders

Never mind the rhetoric inside and outside the Assembly. Friendships among political opponents in Punjab are deep and lasting. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Congress MLA Arvind Khanna hugged each other like long lost pals at an airport lounge during a chance meet. Some Congress MLAs are great friends with DGP Sumedh Singh Saini. The recent spat in the winter session between Public Relations Minister Bikram Majithia and Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar is known to all. But Majithia was among the first to congratulate Jakhar on his appointment. Then there are relatives among Akali and Congress leaders and some are connected through defections from both sides. It is politics sans borders, till they discuss law and order.

Do it like Brar

Just like SAD leaders claim to be privy to secrets in Congress camp, so is the Opposition now. Senior Congress leader Jagmeet Brar knows a secret or two about the happenings even in the Badal household. He told Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was not happy with his son and deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal's decision to "buy" Congress defector Joginderpal Jain in Moga. Brar may not have won elections in many years, but he surely knows how to win hearts. At a recent press meet, he lavished praises on the senior Badal's political acumen, praised both state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and his bete noire Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and congratulated mediapersons for asking good questions. Who said one can't please everyone.

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