A few days after the state’s Amarinder Singh government refunded penal rent of Rs 84 lakh paid by former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal for overstaying in her government residence, the latter has come out toeing Amarinder’s line by calling PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar the “most suitable leader” to be fielded from Gurdaspur. Bhattal, a known Amarinder baiter once, had sided with former state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa against Amarinder earlier.
But in the latest tussle, she has sided with Amarinder saying that the CM has taken a good decision by getting Jakhar picked as party candidate for the bypoll.
Talking to The Indian Express Thursday, Bhattal, who lost the recent Assembly election from Lehra Gaga, said, “Jakhar is the best candidate. I had strongly recommended his name to the high command for the ticket.”
On an “outsider” tag for Jakhar, she said, “He had contested Lok Sabha election from Ferozepur in 2014. Majha is not very far from Ferozepur. Both Gurdaspur and Ferozepur are border districts.”
Interestingly, Bajwa has been upset over Jakhar getting the ticket, and has also stayed away from his campaign. Bhattal, however, did not comment on Bajwa’s disappointment, but said, “Somebody had to get the ticket. Jakhar is best suited for the job.”
Bhattal, who used to call Bajwa her younger brother, had tried to become a bridge between Amarinder and Bajwa, literally at war for holding the reins of the party before the recent Assembly polls.
Under Amarinder’s command, the state Congress has virtually pushed her to the fringes, with her name not even being in the list of star campaigners for the Gurdaspur bypoll. So far, she has stayed away from the campaign. “I will be campaigning from October 3. I will be there for four days. We will win the seat,” she said.
Only recently, the Cabinet gave a nod to refund Rs 84 lakh she had paid as a penal rent for overstaying in her government residence to the previous