NEVER HAS THE popularity of a chief minister or the party president or their government has zoomed so sky high in a single day.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's popularity broke all records when the sun rose on the morning of the International Labour Day, even surpassing the stupendous success of the ''Jaikara Jai Ghosh Diwas'' celebrated by the Punjab Congress on April 20.
All across Punjab, Indian tricolor flags were seen hoisted on the rooftops and people were vociferously shouting slogans to protest against the policies of the Narendra Modi government.
Wherever you could see, people in khadi kurtas were waiving Indian flags, unfurling them on every rooftop. At the Congress headquarters, senior workers discovered a new version of tricolor, one that had the specific approval of Sonia Gandhi.
Hundreds or rather thousands of highly enthusiastic people, including common citizens and Congress workers were crowded all around Sunil Jakhar, while maintaining complete social distance, as he hoisted the tricolor.
Also, at the same time, responding to a call of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership in Punjab, hundreds of thousands of supporters, voters and grassroot workers of the BJP held a fast to protest against Amarinder Singh government's policies in Punjab.
Also, Punjabis were overwhelmingly supportive of a call by Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which led a "I am Manjit Singh" movement to demand a massive US$ 66,785.50 for a driver who had contracted the virus.
Since AAP is a beloved party of the Punjabis, it took authorities a lot of struggle to control lakhs of people adamant on maintaining a fast in complete violation of doctors' advice to avoid fasting during lockdown. Bhagwant Mann led the protest by fasting and living up to his reputation of a man who never touches liquor, at least not after he touched it last time.
In many parts of Punjab, people complained about acute shortage of tricolors to protest at the call given by CM Amarinder Singh and PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar.
In fact, it was due to such shortage of the tricolor that the Congress workers had to discover a new kind of tricolor with the sign of a hand replacing the Ashok Chakra. Sources deep in the party said the newer version of the national flag could possibly have been sanctioned by 10, Janpath.
Earlier, a call given by Sunil Jakhar to loudly shout full-throated slogans of Har Har Mahadev and Bole So Nihal was such a resounding success that many people in Punjab complained of suddenly sky-rocketing sound levels. It is a surprise that the Punjab Pollution Control Board has so far not issued a notice to the Congress party in Punjab for adding to the noise pollution.
People in remote villages of Punjab continued to hear the recurring echo of the slogans raised by Sunil Jakhar's supporters for days on end. In fact, many political pundits say as a result of the efforts of Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar, the graph of the Congress is now so high that media advisors and lackey journalists have run out of adjectives to describe the sky high levels of achievement of the state Congress and have asked for truckloads of new adjectives from the Congress headquarters in Delhi.
(Advisory - Due to constrained conditions on account of the prevailing Covid-19 related situation, some of the facts in the story could not be cross-checked. Readers may weigh in with common sense and understanding as they read this report. - Editor)
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