Chandigarh, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa today termed the allegations levelled by Capt Amarinder Singh against him and his brother Fateh Bajwa that they had tried to sabotage his campaign in Amritsar as utter lies.

"I reject the allegations with the contempt they deserve', Mr Bajwa said in a statement here.

The PPCC chief said it was his prerogative to visit any constituency in the state as the party president but in this case, Capt Singh was resorting to such blatant falsehood for the reasons best known to him.

'Is he motivated by the desire to occupy the post of the PPCC chief from which he had to go following successive defeats of the Congress in every election beginning with 2007? It is Capt Amarinder Singh who handed over the government on a platter to the Akali Dal in 2012 when even Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal could never imagine that they would return to power', he added.

'Capt. Singh is trying to deflect from the real issue as a number of MLAs and leaders from other areas had camped in Amritsar throughout the campaign neglecting their own regions and it was this strategy of his which resulted in colossal loss in other areas. Now when he will have to explain this situation to the party high command, he is trying to raise frivolous and baseless issues and levelling false allegations to divert focus. It was because of this reason that the party got defeated in Gurdaspur, Khadoor Sahib, Bathinda, Anandpur Sahib and Sangrur. The Congress would have performed much better had he not invited all these leaders to campaign for him in Amritsar', Mr Bajwa said.

The PPCC chief said his brother was bed - ridden for more than a week during the election campaign and he had no time to go out of Gurdaspur as he himself was contesting the election.

Mr Bajwa advised Capt Singh, who was a senior leader and member of the Congress Working Committee, to strengthen the hands of party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi at this critical juncture rather than indulging in such frivolities which did not behave such a senior person.

(Posted on 25-05-2014)