Taking note of the “good work” done by him as the state party leader, the Congress high command has rejected the resignation of Sunil Jakhar as president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC).
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed the decision, terming it in the interest of the party as Jakhar was a seasoned grassroots leader in Punjab, where he had done immense work on the ground and built a strong party cadre.
The Chief Minister’s reaction came after AICC incharge of Punjab, Asha Kumari, in a communique, asked Jakhar to continue steering the party with his able guidance and astute leadership. Jakhar has been asked “carry on the good work as usual”, as per the communique, which categorically rejects his resignation as the PPCC chief.
The Punjab Congress rank and file “has always drawn inspiration and confidence from your informed and compulsive style of leadership,” Asha Kumari said, adding that “Congress and its leaders would keep raising their voice against the tyrannical policies of the oppressive Modi regime. “
Underlining the need to further strengthen the party cadre at the grassroots, Asha Kumari asked Jakhar to be the voice of the party, as he had been in the past, in taking the liberal and secular credentials of the grand old party to each and every doorstep.
It may be recalled Jakhar had tendered his resignation to the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi in May, taking moral responsibility for his defeat from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. The Chief Minister had, even then, termed the resignation offer as ‘totally unnecessary’, given the ‘impressive performance of the party in the state.’
Captain Amarimder had then said there was absolutely no reason for Jakhar to quit. Other state Congress presidents had quit taking responsibility for the poor performance of the party in their respective states, he had said, contrasting their case with that of Jakhar, under whose leadership the Punjab Congress had defied all electoral trends at the national level and that of the majority of the states.
“Had he discussed the matter with me I would have categorically advised him against quitting as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president,” Captain Amarinder had then said, adding that Jakhar had led PPCC to a ‘great showing’ despite the pro-BJP wave and the state Congress needed him to further strengthen the party’s standing in Punjab.