Fateh Singh Bajwa, a long-time supporter of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and a sitting MLA from Qadian, joined the BJP on Tuesday, throwing the ruling Congress into chaos. Fateh will now contest the election against his brother, Partap Singh Bajwa, a senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member.
“This party has to make a choice” (whether there will be Bajwa vs Bajwa in Qadian.) We’ll obey the guidelines of the party. Fateh told News18, “I will surely run for office.” When questioned if he joined the BJP because of his elder brother Partap Singh’s candidacy from his seat, Fateh answered, “I came because of Modi ji’s passion for the country.” I am aware that the BJP’s election to power is the only route for Punjab to grow. I will be the BJP’s foot soldier in Punjab, and the BJP flag will be flown throughout the state.”
Even though the Congress has yet to disclose its initial list of candidates, Partap Bajwa has been meeting with people in the hopes of persuading the party’s high command to register his candidacy for Qadian.
According to a source, Fateh Singh’s decision was motivated by the Congress’s one-family-one-ticket policy, which would have resulted in only one of the Bajwa brothers receiving a ticket.
Fateh Singh was among the first to congratulate Sidhu on his nomination as Punjab Congress head, even urging that he be named the party’s face in the 2022 Punjab elections.
Partap had previously criticised previous Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, claiming that the Congress needed to ensure a change of guard if it was serious about winning the polls. His constant tirades were seen by many as feeding his desire to lead the party and be elected chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). Following Sidhu’s appointment, Partap remained distant, and he had even met Amarinder after stepping down as CM.
Partap may have called a ceasefire in the party’s feud with Sidhu and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, but he has enraged his family, with his brother now running against him in Qadian.
Although nothing is guaranteed until the Congress names its candidates, this is one race that will be widely watched in the run-up to the state elections.