As Congress leaders from Punjab sought his intervention in cases of alleged political vendetta unleashed against party workers in the state, Union home minister P Chidambaram assured them about doing whatever possible "within his limits" to take up the issue with the SAD-BJP government.
A delegation of Congress leaders, comprising senior party leaders from Majha belt and led by Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar, also demanded an inquiry commission or a CBI probe into cases registered against Congress workers at the behest of Akali leaders in Punjab.
The delegation had met the Union home minister after the inauguration of the integrated check post (ICP) at the Attari-Wagah border on Friday.
The delegation, submitted a memorandum to the Union home minister, seeking Chidambaram's intervention for putting an end to the "reign of terror" let loose by the government.
Jakhar and other Congress leaders also briefed the minister on some of the cases registered during the last one month.
The CLP leader categorically told the minister that the "targeting" of Congressmen, which began in 2007, was still continuing and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, despite assurances on the floor of the assembly, was not serious in reining in his party leaders.
"The home minister gave us a patient hearing and assured that he will do whatever was possible to check this form of political vendetta. Chidambaram also referred to his limits as law and order is a State subject," Jakhar told HT on Saturday.
The CLP leader said Chidambaram also assured him to take up the matter with the chief minister. Chidambaram was briefed about certain cases, which were registered during last one month, he added.