A ‘rebel’ and Congress leader Jagmeet Brar, who was issued a notice for seeking AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s resignation, on Sunday said PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa had no authority to issue him a notice as he was his junior in the pecking order.
Talking to The Indian Express from Delhi, Jagmeet, who created a flutter by supporting Haryana MP Chaudhary Birender Singh and criticising Rahul, said he received a mail from Bajwa seeking an explanation at 7 pm on Saturday. “I responded at 7:20 pm and told him he had no business to issue me a notice. I am an AICC member and have been a permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) for nine years. Party General Secretary Incharge Dr Shakeel Ahmed can seek an explanation from me,” said Brar.
He added, “By sending me a notice on behalf of Shakeel, you have committed a blunder. You have been appointed PCC president by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. I respect her decision. But you should follow the constitution of the party,” Brar told Bajwa in his mail.
He also advised him to keep his MLAs in control and ask them to desist from making statements against Brar. He went on to question, “What kind of damage Bajwa is doing to the party by issuing me a notice at a time when the state is going to bypolls. What message is he conveying?”
Rubbishing speculations that he was planning to switch to another political party, Jagmeet said he was a Congress loyalist. “I have never worked for any political gains. I am in love with the Congress. I have taken a stand against advisors who are in the party for petty gains,” said Jagmeet.
Talking about the dissatisfaction in the party, he said, “I have received calls from party leaders all over Punjab, who have congratulated me for my stand. I did so after ‘chintan’ (thinking) and ‘khoj’ (research),” he said.
He said he did not discredit the Nehru-Gandhi family who had contributed to the party and the country. “But I have reservations against their advisors. Except one, who is the oldest, nobody is accessible,” he said. PPCC chief Partap Bajwa remained unavailable for comments.