Congress, has often been accused of “encouraging sycophancy” and “loyalty pledges” are now becoming a trend.
In pledge’s latest version, Punjab polls are going to take place next year, workers have to give their promises that they will not contest against the party if they are not selected as the candidates.
Amarinder Singh, Chief Punjab Congress said that Congress wants to avoid a 2012 repeat, when a large number of rebels destroyed its plans to defeat the Akali-BJP alliance.
“We have told contenders that those who don’t get tickets will be rewarded with prized posts once the party comes to power while those who will not abide by the party high command’s directions will be expelled for 5 years,” said the former chief minister.
For the contest in Punjab, Congress has invited applications.Interested candidates have to submit, their application, along with the loyalty affidavit signed in front of a witness.
Punjab Congress workers have to sign the pledge
The declaration says: “I take a pledge that if I am not selected for any constituency on behalf of the Congress, I will not contest on any seat against any Congress candidate in this election and will fully support the official Congress candidate.”
Workers have to declare that with Congress basic policies, they are in complete agreement. Everyone has to give in writing that they will follow by the Congress’s instructions and whips.
According to the Sources, Prashant Kishor, master strategist, who has been appointed by the Congress in order to boost its Punjab and Uttar Pradesh’s campaign, had a big role in developing the pledge. Candidates also have to tell that whether they have left Congress in the past.
After Congress lost West Bengal’s election, all Congress MPs were asked to sign a declaration of “unqualified allegiance” to the party and its leaders, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
In Punjab, Congress is hoping to make big profits, where Akali-BJP government has been in power for the two consecutive terms. AAP is providing a third angle in what is usually a direct contest between the two parties.