After the swearing-in of the new cabinet in Punjab, the displeasure of the leaders and their supporters has also started coming to the fore. On Sunday, Balbir Singh Sidhu and Gurpreet Singh Kangar expressed their pain in being removed from the ministerial post, while on Monday, supporters of six-time MLA Rakesh Pandey in Ludhiana expressed their displeasure.
The new cabinet has been sworn in in Punjab. In such a situation, now the displeasure of the supporters of the MLAs who have not been able to make a place in the cabinet has started coming to the fore. On Monday, Congress workers, supporters of MLA Rakesh Pandey, demonstrated against the party high command in Chhawni Mohalla, Ludhiana.
Party workers have raised the demand of the high command to reconsider the decision immediately. They say that if the party does not listen to them, then they will protest outside the party office in Chandigarh. During the protest, Deepak Hans, convenor of SC Wing of State Congress, said that Rakesh Pandey has become MLA six times from Halka North of Ludhiana.
Despite being a senior MLA, he was not included in the new cabinet. His father had sacrificed during terrorism. In such a situation, the martyr family should be given due respect by the party. Hans said that he welcomes Bharat Bhushan Ashu from Ludhiana in the cabinet but senior MLA Rakesh Pandey should also get a place.
This can have a bad effect in the coming assembly elections because when senior leaders do not get that respect, the common worker gets frustrated. Party workers supporting Pandey have appealed to the high command to include him in the cabinet. Supporters of the MLA said that if this does not happen, he will stage a sit-in outside the party office in Chandigarh.