When Sonia could not read Pranab handwriting on note

In 1999,one “P K M” had expressed his difference of opinion over an amendment in the constitution of the the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published:May 2, 2013 3:29 am

In 1999,one “P K M” had expressed his difference of opinion over an amendment in the constitution of the the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee,sought by the then state party chief Amarinder Singh.

P K M’s handwriting was so illegible in a note sent to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that she had to respond by writing: “I cannot read P K M’s remark”. Following this,the note was typed,only after which Gandhi okayed the amended constitution of PPCC.

The P K M in question was Pranab Kumar Mukherjee,who was then Congress general secretary. The note was produced in the Punjab and Haryana High Court Wednesday by the Punjab Congress in a bid to demonstrate the “professionalism” with which PPCC has been constituted.

The HC,in the last hearing,had asked the PPCC to show whether it is a registered body like the Indian National Congress. The query was put during the hearing of a PIL filed by PPCC challenging the “faulty” delimitation of wards in the upcoming panchayat polls in Punjab. The Congress filed its reply Wednesday,including this one-page note.

On March 26,1999,Amarinder had written to Gandhi: “Dear madam president,a special meeting of the PPCC executive,office bearers,MLAs and DCC presidents was held in Congress Bhawan,Chandigarh on March 25,1999. It considered the amendment in the Constitution of the Punjab Pradesh Congress. All amendments have been endorsed except Article XII (1),which relates to the ex-officio members. An amendment is added in its end with the words ‘but these ex officio members will have no voting rights’. It is requested that the Constitution with the above mentioned amendment may kindly be approved so that it can be got printed before the commencement of elections.”

In response,a six-line note was written by Mukherjee on March 30,1999.

It stated: “PCC constitution may be approved. However,the ex-officio member like CLP leader should not be denied the voting right.”

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