The appointment of Uttarakhand former Chief Minister Harish Rawat as the general secretary in-charge of Punjab in place of Asha Kumari has rekindled the dashed hopes of congress rebels to get themselves heard at the highest level.
The tenure of Kumari remained disappointing for the majority of party rebels as she preferred to side with Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh rather than maintaining a balance by giving a proper hearing to rebels.
Rawat will bring much-needed changes also in state organizational structure in the coming days to infuse strength in the party, which has been facing anti-incumbency as its government has failed to fulfil main promises like Ghar Ghar Naukri, punishing those, who were responsible for the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and ending drugs from the state.
Despite ruling Punjab, congress party has been facing severe opposition from its own leaders also like Congress MPs including Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo, who have been demanding an impartial and thorough probe by Central Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement Directorate into the liquor smuggling in Punjab.
Apart from both, the majority of other leaders have openly been criticizing their own government as the elected representatives of state do not have any say and bureaucrats are running the government. The appointment of former Chief Secretary, who insulted Punjab ministers during a meeting, as chairman of a big government body after his retirement, is enough to conclude that bureaucrats are running the show.
Apart from it, the inaccessibility of Punjab CM is another big issue, which has been creating problems for the party as CM does not meet his own party MLAs and bureaucrats are running all government.
Despite knowing such problems Asha Kumari did not take any action to redress the problems of MLAs, MPs and ministers.
The appointment of Rawat, who has ample political experience, has come as big ray of hope for disgruntled leaders of Punjab Congress.