Mandi: As the upcoming by-elections in Mandi approach, the infighting and groupism amongst the Congress party are starting to get tenser.

Day after Congress workers had a scuffle at Sarkaghat, another incident of scuffle between Congress workers occurred on Monday, this time in Jogindernagar, district Mandi in the presence of President,  Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) Kuldeep Rathore.

The incident occurred when supporters of former MLA Surender Thakur and former candidate from Jogindernagar Jeevan Thakur started to raise slogans in support of their leader after the arrival of Kuldeep Rathore. 

Before the situation could get worse, the supporter of both the leaders who were raising slogans were asked to calm down. Kuldeep Rathore said that some people are trying to break the party from within for their ambition. 

He said that if this situation continues to persist then the party will not be able to win in the upcoming by-elections and 2022 Legislative Assembly elections.

Kuldeep Rathore has appealed to the party workers to work together to strengthen the party and settle their differences.

Rathore said that even though there are some ideological differences within the party, the workers are dedicated and are fulfilling their duties to strengthen the party. 

At present, Kuldeep Rathore is on a tour of the Mandi district to take stock of the situation of the area as well as the party before the upcoming by-election for the Mandi seat. 

A similar incident occurred on Sunday in Sarkaghat when party workers started to raise slogans in support of their leaders. The situation started to heat up and before it could turn into a scuffle, Kuldeep Rathore took strong cognizance of the situation and asked the party workers to stop raising the slogans. He also lashed out at the party workers for their behavior and said that he does not want any groupism within the party and any kind of indiscipline will not be tolerated.

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Navneet Rathore is a Shimla based journalist having two-years of experience in the field of journalism. Navneet is a post-graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and is specialised in crime, education, health, environment, agriculture and Horticulture beats.