A day after Congress introduced a change of guard in its Punjab unit, supporters of the brand new working presidents celebrated their elevation in numerous elements of the state. The Congress excessive command had on Sunday late undertaken a serious revamp of the celebration within the state by making Navjot Singh Sidhu the PPCC chief whereas appointing 4 working presidents — Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra.
Pawan Goel (64)
In Mansa, the district bar affiliation attorneys celebrated the appointment of advocate Pawan Goel because the PPCC working president. Goel (64) belongs to Jaito constituency in Fairdkot district. His grandfather, Lala Nand Ram Sharma, was a freedom fighter.
“My grandfather together with Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru had led the Jaito Morcha in 1930 in opposition to arbitrary orders of Maharaja of Faridkot and each had been jailed as nicely,” mentioned Goel.
He added, “Even my father, Lala Bhagwan Das, remained a Cupboard minister in Darbara Singh authorities in Punjab. My father was senior vice chairman of the PPCC as nicely. Nevertheless in 1988, he was assassinated throughout darkish days of terrorism.”
Sources near the household claimed then PM Rajiv Gandhi had visited Bhagwan Das’s home 20 days earlier than he was killed. Pawan Goel was earlier president of district Congress committee of Faridkot, and had even remained normal secretary of PPCC.
ExplainedWhy 4 working presidents for Punjab CongressWhile naming Navjot Singh Sidhu, a Jat Sikh, because the Punjab Congress chief, the AICC additionally appointed 4 working presidents in an effort to steadiness the caste and spiritual equations within the state that goes to polls early subsequent 12 months. Whereas former Faridkot district Congress president Pawan Goel is a Hindu; Jandiala Guru MLA Sukhwinder Singh Danny belongs to a Scheduled Caste and Tanda Urmur MLA Sangat Singh Giljian is a backward class chief. Kuljeet Singh Nagra, the Fatehgarh Sahib MLA, is a Jat Sikh — the third on a key put up aside from Sidhu and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Nagra and Danny are additionally thought-about near former AICC chief Rahul Gandhi.
When requested about his priorities, he mentioned, “We can be working as a workforce for the betterment of the state. We can be assembly to chalk out our tasks, it’s simply an announcement as of now. We have now vital duties forward of us. Regardless of the excessive command tells us, we are going to abide by that.”
Gurlabh Singh Mahal, an advocate from Mansa, mentioned: “Appointment of Goel as a working president is an honour for this household of freedom fighters and their sacrifices.”
Kuljeet Singh Nagra (51)
Two-time MLA from Fatehgarh Sahib constituency, Kuljeet Singh Nagra, too mentioned that the celebration will work as a workforce.
On Monday, Nagra was given a heat welcome in his constituency the place he addressed supporters and thanked the excessive command for giving him this duty .
Nagra, who’s said to be near the Gandhi household, mentioned, “We’ll resolve variations if any throughout the celebration and we’re right here to work as a workforce…We’ll work laborious as a unit forward of polls within the state. I thank the excessive command for giving me this duty and I’ll do my greatest for the welfare of lots within the state.”
The 51-year-old had fought his first election in 2012 from Fatehgarh Sahib constituency and defeated SAD’s Prem Singh Chandumajra, whereas in 2017 as nicely he gained defeating SAD’s Didar Singh Bhatti.
He remained a senate member of the PU within the 90s, whereas he had additionally served as chairman and president of Punjab College College students Union (PUSU) throughout his school days.
Aside from this, he had remained normal secretary of the All India Youth Congress and even Punjab Youth Congress from 1995 to 1997. Earlier, Harbans Lal from Congress used to contest from Fatehgarh Sahib and he was a three-time MLA as nicely, nevertheless Lal was denied ticket in 2012 which was given to Nagra. Lal had left the celebration and had fought election as an Impartial at the moment. In 2019, nevertheless, Harbans Lal joined BJP.
In June, Nagra had brazenly criticised the choice of Punjab authorities giving jobs to MLAs’ sons on compassionate grounds. After, Bhishm Pandey, son of Congress MLA Rakesh Pandey and Arjun Partap Singh Bajwa, son of Qadian MLA Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa got jobs on compassionate grounds, Nagra had issued a video message during which he had appealed the CM Amarinder Singh , the Cupboard and the celebration to roll again this determination.
Sukhwinder Singh Danny (44)
Jandiala MLA and Congress celebration’s Dalit face, Sukhwinder Singh Danny (44), is son of former Cupboard minister (late) Sardul Singh Bandala.
After serving as Youth Congress vice chairman, Danny acquired ticket from Faridkot parliamentary constituency in 2009 from Rahul Gandhi’s quota. It was a time when Rahul was selling younger leaders and Danny benefitted from technique.
Whereas he belonged from Majha, he was given a ticket from a Malwa seat that he didn’t win.
Danny couldn’t get a ticket in 2014 regardless of making determined makes an attempt.
Lastly, luck favoured Danny in 2017 when he was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for the primary time from his residence turf — Jandiala constituency in district Amritsar.
He has served as member of committee on welfare of SCs, STs & BCs of Punjab Vidhan Sabha from 2017-19.
Whereas Danny was by no means a near Amarinder Singh camp, he was additionally by no means among the many rebels both. He’s near Jasbir Singh Dimpa, who’s MP from Khadoor Sahib. Danny’s Jandiala constituency is a part of Khadoor Sahib. Dimpa, nevertheless, had taken took place in favour of Captain Amarinder Singh.
Danny, nevertheless, maintained his distance from infighting between Captain and Sidhu whereas remaining low profile.
When Dalit leaders like Lal Singh and Shamsher Singh Dullo had been hoping to achieve from present disaster in Punjab Congress, Danny’s identify as working president stunned many as he was by no means seen to be in race to get any place.
After his appointment, Danny thanked Rahul Gandhi, CM Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu for his appointment.
“We gained 2019 elections in Punjab regardless of the Modi wave. Then we gained all of the native our bodies elections. We’ll once more win elections in 2022. There isn’t any divide within the celebration. Even when there are some points, excessive command will deal with them and celebration will win subsequent election as one. Congress celebration is a household and there may very well be variations amongst members. However elders of household will resolve these variations,” mentioned Danny.
He added, “Captain Amarinder Singh is our tallest chief and CM. Navjot Singh Sidhu is our senior chief and now Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president. Captain Amarinder Singh has huge expertise and Navjot Singh Sidhu has reputation and zeal. The mixture of each leaders would make Congress victorious.”
Sangat Singh Giljian (67)
Three-time MLA, Sangat Singh Giljian (67), represents the Tanda Urmur Meeting phase in Hoshiarpur district.
He was the one MLA from Hoshiarpur who had attended a gathering with former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in Jalandhar on Sunday hours earlier than Sidhu’s appointment as PPCC chief.
Speaking to The Indian Specific Giljian, who was appointed advisor to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh in 2019, mentioned: “I acquired a sign about Sidhu turning into PPCC chief and due to that I went to satisfy him yesterday….It’s a good step taken by the Congress excessive command as a result of folks wished Sidhu as PPCC chief and it’ll enhance the morale of the ground-level staff as they’re of utmost significance in profitable the election in 2022.”
Giljian has had his variations with the state management as regardless of profitable thrice in a row from Tanda Urmur he was not chosen for the ministerial berth by the Congress celebration in 2017. He was additionally ignored on the time of Punjab Cupboard’s growth in 2018.
In 2007, he was denied a ticket by the celebration and had then contested as insurgent and gained the seat. Later, the Congress was compelled to take him again in partyfold.
In 2018, when he was not inducted within the Cupboard, Giljian had resigned from his celebration posts together with from All India Congress Committee (AICC) and as vice chairman of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). Nevertheless, he had not stop as an MLA.
From the OBC Lubana neighborhood, Giljian then had alleged that backward courses had been ignored within the Cupboard growth. The Ludana neighborhood has a powerful presence in Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur and Patiala districts.
With no political background, Giljian was the primary member of his household to affix politics. He went on to win three elections in a row — 2007, 2012 and 2017 and is among the many senior most leaders from Doaba area.
He had remained as village Giljian sarpanch for 15 years and likewise remained Congress Zila Parishad member for 10 years. He then contested first election for the Meeting in 2002, which he misplaced to SAD candidate Balbir Singh Mianai by a margin of round 1,250 votes.
“I had misplaced my father only a week earlier than the 2002 Meeting elections and couldn’t give attention to my marketing campaign throughout that final election. I misplaced by a small margin however after that individuals in my constituency by no means let me down as a result of I’ve a powerful bond with the folks of my constituency.”
Giljian is a pacesetter who’s strongly linked together with his electorates. A lot earlier than the social media revolution, Giljian was amongst one of many first Punjab leaders to faucet the social media to buttress his election marketing campaign in 2007, after being denied the Congress ticket from Tanda Urmur. He would ship voice messages through cellphone calls that generated lot of help for him.
Locals mentioned that as a pacesetter he’s out there to them round the clock.
Sangat’s father was an agriculturist and he himself was into farming and likewise owned a rice sheller earlier than coming into politics. He has three brothers. His elder brother, who’s within the US, Mahinder Singh Giljian, is now president of the Abroad Congress now.