Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday blamed his own party leaders, saying they were behind the registration of a corruption case against him by the Punjab vigilance bureau. He claimed they feared the high command would soon hand over the reins to him in the state.
“It is not even half-a-dozen people in Punjab Congress who are out to damage me by conniving with the SAD-BJP government. These leaders fear I may soon be appointed the state Congress Committee president in view of the poor show of the party in the recently concluded Panchayti Raj Institutes polls. These leaders fear that once I come to the helm of affairs they are likely to lose their job,” he said.
When asked if it was PPCC, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and her group who connived with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to get the case registered, Singh refused to take any names and said everybody knew about it he did not have to spell it out.
When told that he had always been accusing Bhattal for colluding with Badal and so demoralising party cadres, Singh retorted that he stood by his words. “I said it many times and I am going to say it again that Bhattal’s proximity and soft attitude towards Badal has cost the party dear. While false cases were being registered against Congressmen, Bhattal was attending dinner parties and playing cricket matches with Badals.”
Singh said he was not aspiring for the PPCC president post. But if party chief Sonia Gandhi asked him to take command he was ready to serve the party.
He said the charges in the FIR were only a reiteration of those leveled against him in the Ludhiana City Centre scam.