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Siddhu's controversy is just a trailer - the real fight between Captain Amarinder Singh & Rahul Gandhi will start post May 2019
After joining the Congress, Navjot Siddhu indulged in many controversies. Some of even appeared to be against Captain Amarinder Singh. For example he went to Pakistan defying the instructions of Captain.

Latter, in an interaction Siddhu said that according to him there's one captain and that's Rahul Gandhi. This was straight cut insult to Punjab CM, for which many ministers and MLAs of Punjab Congress objected and demanded that Siddhu should apologise. Some even asked for his sacking. However, I think there would be a mild apology would be offered from Siddhu and Amarinder Singh will accept that.

However, there's another angle to this friction. It's about Captain Amarinder Singh and Rahul Gandhi. In Congress culture, no regional mass leader is ever tolerated. Every leader including Congress CMs have to follow dictate of the Congress high command.

In 2007, the Congress lost the Punjab election because of internal groupism. A faction was in fact created by Congress high command to check the rise of Amarinder Singh's clout. Same happened during 2012 assembly election and despite unpopularity SAD retained power.

In 2017 assembly election, the Congress had to fall in line with Captain Amarinder Singh's demand. He got full charge of the election and Rahul Gandhi was asked not to venture in to Punjab. Thus, Rahul Gandhi did a couple of election rallies but the entire responsibility was given to Amarinder Singh.

Frankly, Captain won the election single handed defeating emerging the AAP. By that time, Rahul Gandhi hadn't won a single election and Punjab election was credited to Captain Amarinder Singh. That's where the problem lies. Siddhu has propped by Rahul Gandhi to clip Amarinder Singh's wings. Amarinder Singh understands it and is tolerating Siddhu's antics without showing any reaching out to Congress high command.

Rahul Gandhi and coteries are also tolerating Amarinder Singh because 2019 general election is approaching and it's only the captain who can give seats to Congress. But mark my words, irrespective of the result of 2019, Rahul Gandhi will replace Amarinder Singh with any other (if not Siddhu) who can be loyal to the dynasty. That's been the story of Congress culture since Congress (I) era and that will be repeated irrespective of the fact whether Congress as a party benefited or not.

Amarinder Singh understands this. That's why he is creating a loyal group inside Punjab Congress and making arrangements for a rebellion if the Congress high command replaces him. Thus, whatever Siddhu controversy is there. It's just a trailer. The full picture will be played post May 2019. By that time let us see how Amarinder Singh remains prepared.

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