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Rahul Gandhi humiliated Captain Amarinder Singh, but was forced to accept his leadership, says book

In the decline of Congress, scion Rahul Gandhi’s habit of rubbing powerful state leaders in the wrong may have played a big role.   Assam leader Hemanta Biswas after defecting to BJP alleged that it was tough to get a meeting with Rahul Gandhi and when that happened the Congress leader was more interested in playing with his dog than talking to him.   Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has similar stories to tell.   A new book throws light on the shabby treatment meted out by Rahul Gandhi to Amarinder Singh,

In the decline of Congress, scion Rahul Gandhi’s habit of rubbing powerful state leaders in the wrong may have played a big role. 

Assam leader Hemanta Biswas after defecting to BJP alleged that it was tough to get a meeting with Rahul Gandhi and when that happened the Congress leader was more interested in playing with his dog than talking to him. 

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has similar stories to tell. 

A new book throws light on the shabby treatment meted out by Rahul Gandhi to Amarinder Singh, considered the 'Babbar Sher of Punjab' by his followers.

NDTV carries the details about several incidents from the book 'Captain Amarinder Singh: The People's Maharajah', by Khushwant Singh.

Following two electoral losses in 2007 and 2012, the Congress in Punjab was split between Amarinder Singh and Pratap Singh Bajwa.

Rahul Gandhi, who wanted the new generation to take over, cast his lot with Pratap Singh Bajwa. He was unwilling to budge from his position, despite a long professional as well as personal association with Amarinder. 

Sonia Gandhi on the other hand was said to be open to bring him back to lead the party in Punjab.

But the relationship between Rahul and Amarinder continued to deteriorate. Rahul turned increasingly hostile to Captain  and the Punjab leader, in no mood to hold back, began to question his leadership skills.

He also came under tremendous pressure from his followers to float his own party for the 2017 elections. 

A meeting between the Gandhi family and Amarinder in September 2015 turned acrimonious. Rahul Gandhi is said to have stepped out of line and treated him so shabbily that his mother Sonia Gandhi had to remind him that he was talking to his late father's friend.

The hurt Captain noted to a well-known journalist later that Rahul Gandhi needed a reality check.

After he made it clear that he was breaking away Rahul realised his folly and again met the Captain the very next month. 

In the meeting, Rahul  asked if it was true that Captain was forming his own party. The blunt Captain told him that what he had heard was absolutely true. 

Both of us will lose if you take this step,' said Rahul, to which Amarinder's response was: 'So be it.' 

It was time for Rahul to eat the humble pie and announce Captain as the president of Congress in Punjab.

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