The bitter internal Congress feud between state president Partap Singh Bajwa and his predecessor Capt Amarinder Singh witnessed another development as Bajwa loyalist and former Punjab minister Darshan Singh Brar switched loyalties and joined the Amarinder camp.
Brar, the former MLA from Bagha Purana, had been tasked with preparations for a Bajwa rally on September 9 but he has announced that the rally would be addressed by Amarinder instead.
His sudden shift of loyalty should come as a setback for the Congress president. Darshan Brar, it is learnt, is upset with Bajwa as his son, Kamaljit Singh Brar, failed to get the latter’s support during the Punjab Youth Congress elections. Kamaljit Singh Brar had contested for the post of general secretary.
Bajwa’s staying away from the poll appear to have left the Brars disappointed. They were won over by certain MLAs close to Captain. “I have not done anything. I just observed the public sentiment. People want Capt and not Bajwa. Hence I told my people in Bagha Purana that we will organise the show for Amarinder. CLP leader Sunil Jakhar and others also have been invited,” Brar said.
He added that he was willing to invite Bajwa for the event: “But I am sure he would not come with Amarinder being there. I got a call from him also yesterday.” Brar, who was seated with Bajwa on Wednesday, when the latter addressed a press conference to announce his protest against sugar mills, surprised everybody when he sat next to Amarinder during his dharna on Friday.
The former minister had always been with Bajwa even when most of the others switched their loyalties.