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Punjab Cong starts helpline against ‘political vendetta’

The ruling alliance wants to muzzle the voice of opposition in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: February 6, 2014 3:52 pm

In possibly the first of its kind,the Punjab unit of the Congress has launched a toll-free helpline offering free legal aid to party men “suffering victimisation at the hands of the ruling SAD-BJP combine” in the state.

“The ruling alliance wants to muzzle the voice of opposition in the state. Now we shall not tolerate the terror of Badals and their goons. Any Congress worker facing false cases can seek the party’s help through a 24-hour helpline and we will provide him free legal aid to fight cases of political vendetta,” Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said while launching the helpline here Wednesday.

The helpline is being started from Amritsar district — Bajwa hails from Majha belt — and will be launched in all districts gradually. The helpline number (18001373737) will start functioning from 10 am Thursday. “After receiving a complaint on the helpline,the legal cell will take note of complainant’s name,address and nearest police station. Details will be forwarded to the district Congress president to verify if the complainant is a Congress worker. Once verified,the DCC president will provide him a lawyer,” said Punjab Congress Committee legal cell co-chairman Jaiveer Shergill.

Digvijaya stands by his remark

Undeterred by the party’s rejection of his views disapproving two power centres,Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday stood by it even as he said he would “abide by” the party’s official line on this issue.

“Whatever I have said is on record and,therefore,I stand by it. But the views of the Congress spokesperson and the party are supreme for me. So I would abide by that,” he said here.

This came a day after Congress general secretary and media department chairman Janardan Dwivedi said that the relationship between Sonia Gandhi as the party president and Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister is “an ideal model” in any democratic set up “for future also”.

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