Republic TV accessed footage of utter chaos at the Congress office in Shimla, as party workers could be seen hurling abuses and even chairs at each other.
This chaos showcased the deep-dyed indiscipline within the party, as the incident occurred during the swearing-in ceremony of Kuldeep Singh Rathore who was appointed as the Himachal Congress chief by Rahul Gandhi. In the two-minute-long video, it can be clearly seen the violence unfolding inside the office as workers throw chairs. around
The incident occurred between two camps- one of former CM Virbhadra Singh and the former HPCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu.
The issue erupted when in a rally at Sujjanpur Assembly, the former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh had allegedly expressed his satisfaction over the removal of Sukhu from his post of HPCC president, thus evoking a strong response from the latter.
Sukhu even retaliated saying that Singh was unable to repeat the government in the state as a chief minister, further alleging that Singh blackmailed the party ahead of the elections.
This dispute between the two Congress leaders displayed a divide between the party on ground-level, just a few months away from the Lok Sabha elections.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appointed Kuldeep Singh Rathore as the new chairman of the party's Himachal Pradesh unit. The party confirmed the appointment on their Twitter handle, where they posted an image of a letter from General Secretary Ashok Gehlot.
"The Hon'ble Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi has appointed Shri Kuldeep Singh Rathore as President of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect.
The party appreciates the hard work and contribution of Shri Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, who will be stepping down from his responsibility as PCC President of Himachal Pradesh", the letter added.
Congress will be holding an anti-Modi rally in Shimla on January 17, in the presence of as many as 500 Congress workers.