New Delhi: Ghulam Nabi Azad, the state’s Congress leader, and Manish Tiwari, the state’s Lok Sabha MP, are not among the party’s top campaigners for the February 20 assembly election in Punjab.
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Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, and Rahul Gandhi are among the 30’star campaigners’ for Punjab released by the Congress.
Azad and Tewari are two senior members of the G-23 who have written to the party’s leadership, requesting a shake-up and challenging the party’s leadership. Azad was also recently awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government.
Other members of the G-23, such as Anand Sharma and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, are among Punjab’s top campaigners.
Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who previously revolted against the Congress, has joined the party.
Tewari is also the lone Hindu MP from Punjab, despite the fact that Ravneet Singh Bittu, another Punjab MP, has been added to the list.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Harish Chaudhary, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Ambika Soni, and former Speaker Meira Kumar are also on the list.
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Former PCC heads Sunil Jakhar, Partap Singh Bajwa, Ajay Maken, and Randeep Surjewala, as well as chief ministers Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, are among the star campaigners.
Kumari Selja, Rajeev Shukla, Ranjeet Ranjan, Netta D’Souza, BV Srinivas, Imran Pratapgarhi, and Amrinder Singh are all members of the Haryana Congress. In addition to Raja Warring, Amrita Dhawan, Raminder Awla, and Tajender Singh Bittoo, the roster of 30 star campaigners for Punjab includes Raja Warring, Amrita Dhawan, Raminder Awla, and Tajender Singh Bittoo.