Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday expressed his helplessness in dealing with repeated political attacks on him by his fellow party leader and Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh, adding that he did not deserve hatred from his former boss.
“I have always considered Amarinder as my elder brother. Please don’t compel me to say anything on this. I have high regards for Amarinder. Captain saab raja ne...aur main runk haan…sada ki mail hai (Captain is a king while I am pauper. There is no comparison between us),” said Bajwa replying to a question in Jalandhar where he attended a party workers’ meeting.
Bajwa said this when asked about the reason behind Amarinder not sending any invite to him for the lunch party for the celebrations of the win of latter’s wife Preneet Kaur in the Patiala by-elections.
When asked as why he did not invite Bajwa, Amarinder had said that the PPCC chief was “neither his friend nor his well-wisher”.
Later, while interacting with HT, Bajwa said he failed to understand what was exactly going on in Amarinder’s mind.
“My relations with Captain saab were very cordial before I became the PPCC president. He was my boss. When he was the CM, I worked under him as a minister having charges of PWD and education departments. When he served as the PPCC president twice, I served as the general secretary and the vice-president under his leadership. I don’t know where lies my fault,” said Bajwa.
The PPPC president said he was surprised when Amarinder, reacting to his elevation as the PPPC chief, had said he would have suggested a better name for the post.
“When Capt was PPCC chief in 2012, I was the first leader from Punjab who during a rally in Kalanaur in Gurdaspur district first declared that he should be the CM of Punjab again. I do not deserve this hatred,” rued Bajwa.
He further said during his tenure as PPCC chief, he never uttered a word against Amarinder.
“But Captain saab has left no opportunity to unleash hatred against me. His feelings for me changed after I become PPCC chief. I don’t know why. I wonder why he is doing all this since party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have selected me for the post,” he said.
“If as a senior party functionary he orders me, I will comply. But checking my patience by commenting over me repeatedly is not going to serve the party,” Bajwa said.