The Punjab Congress cannot seem to keep its infighting under control even in the presence of its president Captain Amarinder Singh during a dharna against the government.
On Saturday, the venue of the clash between two groups was on the very stage where Captain was to speak in Lambi village, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s constituency. The scuffle broke out between the supporters of Congress Muktsar chief Gurmeet Singh Khudian and former Congress minister Gurnam Singh Abul Khurana. The issue: who will get more space on stage.
Although the scuffle lasted only a few minutes, it was serious enough for someone to toss party block president Gurbaj Singh’s turban.
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This is the third time this month that Congress leaders did not carry themselves well at a public rally. On June 6, Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa slapped Gurdaspur Sewa Dal President IS Gulati at a rally in Dina Nagar. Earlier, when AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi had come to Jalandhar, Congressmen argued with each other over the right to speak at the rally.
Captain Amarinder Singh, however, ignored the scuffle that happened right before him and went on to address the gathering. The dharna was against the alleged recruitment scam in government jobs.
“Once the Congress returns to power, we will put (SAD leader Dyal Singh) Koliwali behind bars and all those who are involved in the recruitment scam. We will punish all, the way we did in PPSC scam,” said Captain. “Kolianwali took money from the people to get them government jobs and acted at the behest of CM Parkash Singh Badal. Obviously, he was not punished. Instead, the police has been harassing the victims who have been duped of lakhs of rupees in the hope of getting jobs.” He added that the Badals had fixed the rates for jobs at Rs 15 lakh for the post of a constable and Rs 50 lakh for the job of an engineer.
BJP mocks Capt
“Had Capt Amarinder done something worthwhile for the people of Punjab in the 1800 days that he ruled Punjab, people of the state would not have taught him a lesson by handing over consecutive defeats,” said BJP National Secretary Tarun Chugh. Accusing him of behaving like a Maharaja, he said, “Amarinder needs to tell his party and more importantly to the public of the state, as to what changes he has brought about in his style of working.”