Charak open to pact with Manpreet

The embattled Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday got some support from party affairs in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak who said that the state unit was open to an alliance with Manpreet Badal-led People’s Party of Punjab ahead of 2014 parliamentary elections.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 11, 2012 1:57 am

The embattled Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday got some support from party affairs in-charge Gulchain Singh Charak who said that the state unit was open to an alliance with Manpreet Badal-led People’s Party of Punjab ahead of 2014 parliamentary elections.

“The party’s constitution has some conditions and if Manpreet fulfils them,the Congress will think of inviting him to its fold,” Charak said.

However,Amarinder clarified that his invite to Manpreet was aimed at bringing the Opposition on one platform against punitive taxation regime of the SAD-BJP alliance in the state. “There is a deep resentment in the public against the fresh tax burden. However,there is no question,as of now,of our asking Manpreet to join us or Manpreet saying he wants to join. There is no political adjustment in our call for unity on taxes,” Amarinder said.

Reacting to former leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s remark that he (Amarinder) had not heeded her advice of a pre-poll pact with the Sanjha Morcha,of which the PPP is a part,he said she never discussed it with him and neither did she raise the issue at any party forum.

Meanwhile,on continuance of Amarinder as the PCC chief,Charak said,“After he could not give expected results in the Assembly elections,Amarinder had requested party president Sonia Gandhi to appoint a new president. But there has been no discussion or decision in this regard so far.”

Earlier,before Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla launched his counter-offensive on the BJP for stalling the debate on coal block allocations in Parliament,Charak in his said Punjab has slipped in to complete anarchy after the SAD-BJP alliance’s victory.

“Those who read their manifesto and voted for them are today reeling under high taxes and shooting prices of everything,including sand and gravel. While they promised unemployment allowance,state employees are not even getting regular salary. The law and order situation has gone from bad to worse,” he added.

Capt holds sway

It was supposed to be a Congress effort to launch its defence against allegations of coal block allocations,but several senior state leaders — mostly Amarinder detractors including former leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal— gave it a miss. It turned out to be an Amarinder show with his confidants Laal Singh,Kewal Dhillon and Ashwani Sekhri occupying the dais along with Charak and Rajeev Shukla.

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