Senior Congress leader and former member of Parliament (MP) Jagmeet Singh Brar on Monday announced his decision to quit the Congress, citing his ‘repeated humiliation’ at the hands of the party high command.
Brar (56), who served the Congress for nearly 35 years in various capacities, had sent his resignation to the high command on December 23.
Addressing a press conference here, the former Faridkot MP said, “There is a limit to everything and also to the amount of humiliation any respectable political mind is ready to tolerate.”
Brar said he would undertake a journey on Tuesday morning from Madaul village in Rupnagar district to gauge the perception of Punjab’s people before taking the final call about his political future.
Brar refused to admit that he was in touch with the senior BJP leadership, but during his press conference, he could not help singing praises of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Brar trained his guns at Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal for their ‘failure’ to check drug menace in the state. He also lambasted the Badals for failing to act against their two ministers who had been quizzed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) regarding the drug racket.
Brar recalled Capt Amarinder Singh’s re-induction into the Congress in 1998 as an instance of the humiliation he and many Congress workers had to suffer.
“After deserting the Congress, he (Amarinder) spent 17 years in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). The Congress high command not only brought him back but also made him president of the Punjab party unit and subsequently the chief minister. The decision not only suffocated me but also a large number of workers who gave their flesh and blood for the party,” said Brar.
Brar recalled the letter handed over to Congress president Sonia Gandhi by former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh in which the latter had mentioned state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa for his (Bajwa’s) and his family members’ alleged links with the drug mafia.
On the speculation that Amarinder might join the BJP, Brar said, “Amarinder is facing serious cases of corruption. Hence, he has a lot of baggage to carry as the chief minister. In such a situation, the BJP would never want a tainted leader.”
On his political future
I’m not going to form a new political party. And yes, I have to join a political outfit to keep myself politically relevant. I will bounce this question before my trusted friends before reaching a final decision.
On CM Badal
Instead of recommending the name of Ranjit Singh Brahmpura for a Union ministerial berth, Parkash Singh Badal went down on his knees before the BJP leadership to seek the same for his own family member (Harsimrat).
On Cong-drug links
Drug lord Jagdish Bhola had named a very senior Congress leader from Malwa whom he had given money for funding the campaign for the 2012 assembly polls. That’s why some senior Punjab Congress leaders are against the demand for a CBI probe into the drug racket.
On BJP and Modi
The BJP has so far not been promoting nepotism and family rule, as is being done by several regional and national parties… Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been doing excellent work, going by his performance in the past seven months.