Asserting that the party discipline was non-negotiable, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that indiscipline of any kind was unacceptable and cannot be tolerated at any cost, and the party high command had been briefed and updated about everything related to the Moga elections and its aftermath.
Referring to the false claims made by two party MLAs Brahm Mohindra and Randeep Nabha, Capt Amarinder stated that they, besides some other leaders, had been simply asked to explain their absence from the campaigning.
“Instead of explaining their absence they diverted and digressed from the matter and went to the press raising irrelevant issues”, he pointed out.
Setting the record straight, the PPCC president said, Mohindra came to Moga only once only to excuse himself from the party duty for the reasons best known to him.
“If he marked a token presence somewhere on the way does not mean that he participated in the campaign”, he said, while pointing out, “he (Mohindra) never went to any of the wards allocated to him”.
Besides, Capt Amarinder also made it clear that the MLA was very much intimated about the area allocated to him in the meeting he attended, before the start of the campaign much against his claims that he was not informed.
“If he was not informed about the duties then how can he claim that I did not visit the polling booths 121, 122 and 123”, he asked, while making it categorically clear that he visited all the 46 villages and all the 31 wards in the city.
Referring to his (Mohindra’s) personal grievances against him that he did not campaign in his constituencies in 2007 and 2012, the PPCC president said, he campaigned for Mohindra on both the occasions like in any other constituency.
Moreover, he asked, “Is he trying to justify himself saying he had personal grievances against me and now was making it an excuse for not campaigning and working for the party?”
About Nabha, Capt Amarinder said, he claimed that he was suffering from high blood pressure but he never mentioned about the serious illness of his cousin.
“However, everybody was shocked and surprised that the man who was having high BP was caught in a brawl at Chandigarh Golf Course not only bringing a bad name to himself but to the party as well”, he remarked, while disclosing that he had been playing golf for about 12 days during the campaign period.
Capt said, the matter had been brought to the notice of the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the vice-president Rahul Gandhi.