Following the hard-hitting reply by two legislators to show-cause notice from state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh, the loyalists of former chief minister came to defend him.
Asserting that party duty was the collective responsibility of all leaders and workers, senior legislators of the party said here on Saturday that it was unfortunate that some leaders had tried to raise irrelevant issues to evade responsibility. "Party duties are not by invitation," stated the group.
Responding to the statements of legislators Brahm Mohindra and Kaka Randeep Singh Nabha, senior leaders Rana KP Singh, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Rana Sodhi, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Fateh Jang Bajwa, and Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa said it was intriguing why Mohindra and Nabha had excused themselves from party duties when the entire rank and file was in the battle. "Why were they now trying to wriggle out by spreading lies?" asked the group.
The leaders asked Amarinder to bring the issue to the notice of the all-India Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi; and general secretary Gulchain Singh Charak, who was also in charge of Punjab affairs in the party, so that they could take disciplinary action against the two leaders.
Referring to Mohindra's statement that he was not invited, the group said why he had then claimed that he had campaigned for the party candidate. "He came to Moga once and told the leader in charge of the party's election office that he could not campaign in the areas allocated to him for reasons best known to him," the group stated.
Mohindra, being a senior member of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC), owed an explanation to the party for why he had abstained from campaigning in such an intriguing manner, said the leaders. "By diverting the issue to Amarinder's leadership does not exonerate him from the explanation for the dereliction of duty," the group said.
About Kaka Randeep, the said "less said the better". "He took the plea of being unwell and having some family issues but then the police found him involved in a brawl on the Chandigarh golf course," the loyalists stated. "When the entire party was in a serious battle, Nabha was in news for all the wrong reasons."