The Congress met in Jalandhar to discuss election strategy to the nine constituencies in the district. Senior party leader Jagbir Brar, however, did not attend the meet.
Sources in the party said that Brar was not invited to the meet although his former ally Manpreet Singh Badal did attend the meet. Brar is also the party’s district chief (rural).
The meeting was organised by leaders of the erstwhile People’s Party Punjab (PPP), which had recently merged with the Congress.
Manpreet and Brar used to be close when they had left SAD (Badal) to form the PPP. But their relationship soured and Brar left the party to join Congress.
He then contested from Jalandhar cantonment assembly seat on Congress ticket.
Sources said that Monday’s meeting was organised by Dr Navjot Dahiya and SS Johal. When contacted, Dr Dahiya said that he was not aware as RS Johal had invited leaders to the event. Johal, however, said that Dr Dahiya had organised everything.
Jagbir Brar could not be reached for comments.
Badal, who was appointed as head of the Manifesto Committee of the party, discussed the issues to be included by the party in the poll document with senior Congress leadership.
Prominent among those who attended the meeting included Jalandhar MP Choudhary Santokh Singh, district president of Congress Rajinder Beri, former minister Amarjit Singh Samra, Choudhary Surinder, Sonu Dhesi, Avtar Henry (junior), Jaswinder Billa, Balwant Shergill and Surjit Singh.