Chandigarh, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

Condemning the issuing of disciplinary notices to senior party leaders Rana Sodhi and Kewal Dhillon, both of whom are PCC vice-presidents and several time legislators, former Chief Minister and Congress Working Committee member Capt Amarinder Singh today warned against attempts to gag the popular sentiment in the party.

Referring to the "disciplinary notices" issued to Sodhi and Dhillon, Capt Singh remarked, these were desperate attempts by the PCC leadership to silence the popular sentiment within the party. He said instead of listening to the popular sentiment and going for introspection the PCC leadership was trying to act in an autocratic and dictatorial manner.

However, he made it categorically clear that Congress was a democratic party where everybody is given the right to voice his sentiment. He wondered as in which world the so called chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee was living.

"Instead of applying his own mind, he appears to be taking diktats from those to whom he owes his position", the former Chief Minister said, while asserting, "These legislators, besides 22 others, and other leaders have only voiced the popular sentiment of the party for which they cannot be blamed for indiscipline."

Supporting the demand of Sodhi, Dhillon and 22 other legislators besides PCC office bearers and district presidents that the PCC president Partap Bajwa must submit his resignation, Capt Singh reiterated, it is the convention in the Congress that the person who leads the party to defeat tenders his resignation and it is up to the party high command whether to accept it or not.

He pointed out that he had tendered his resignation in 2012. Similarly Ashok Ghelot in Rajasthan and Tarun Gogoi in Assam resigned owning moral responsibility. "Why is Mr Bajwa sticking to his chair and when he is reminded about the Congress convention he takes refuge behind the Disciplinary Action Committee," he remarked. The former Chief Minister argued it must be more than clear to anybody and everybody that when 24 elected legislators with multiple stints in the legislature, senior PCC office bearers some of whom are more senior to Mr Bajwa, district presidents and common workers are voicing some demand, the party cannot run away from it.

"We must stop shutting our eyes on the popular sentiment within the rank and file of the party and take corrective measures immediately lest it be too late," he warned.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)