Daring Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to break his silence on the allegations levelled by former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh against the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa, hundreds of Akali workers and leaders on Wednesday staged a protest and burnt effigy of Bajwa.
Protesting in front of district administration complex, the Akali Dal leaders said Rahul Gandhi had no right to stake claim to the post of prime minister if he wanted to carry on with people like Partap Singh Bajwa.
"We expect that Rahul Gandhi should clear his position on the issue of Bajwas having alleged links with drug mafia in the past before staking claim to the top post," a protesting Akali leader said.
They further alleged that it was surprising that the Congress was ignoring allegations levelled by Capt Amarinder Singh. They said that the allegations of Bajwa supporting dreaded terrorists were disturbing.
The Congress's silence on the issue would give an impression that the party high command was complicit in it, they claimed.
Seeking an independent inquiry into the allegations levelled by Amarinder Singh, the Youth Akali Dal leaders said that functioning of entire the Congress party had come under scanner.
They leaders said Bajwa's campaign against Majithia was launched with the purpose of demoralising the Punjab police.
Cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, chief parliamentary secretaries Inderbir Singh Bolaira and Amarpal Singh Bony, former MP Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, MLA Manjit Singh Manna, MLA Jalal Usma, Chairman Veer Singh Lopoke, district Akali Dal chief Upkar Singh Sandhu were also present along with other leaders and workers.