Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal on Tuesday questioned Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa’s credibility as the future chief minister of the state, saying that he had even failed as a member Parliament (MP) from Gurdaspur.
“It is strange that at a time when Bajwa should be telling the people (of Gurdaspur) what he did for them in the last five years, he is now urging them to elect him to the Parliament so that he could be in contention to become the chief minister of the state in 2017,” Sukhir said in a statement here.
“What can be more ludicrous than this?” Sukhbir asked, in his reaction to the Bajwa’s interview to HT wherein the state Congress chief said his victory in these Lok Sabha elections would be a stepping stone for him to take the reins of Punjab in the 2017 assembly polls.
Bajwa is defending his Gurdaspur seat against his old rival Vinod Khanna of BJP.
Sukhbir further stated that Bajwa’s leadership was being openly challenged by a host of senior Congress leaders, while the SAD-BJP government was on an upswing, with its government having three more years in office.
“A vote of no confidence is being passed against you by Congress workers and leaders who are leaving the party in droves almost every day.
In such a situation it has become impossible for you to retain Gurdaspur seat,” Sukhbir told Bajwa, adding, “Your report card as an MP will be the only barometer by which you will be judged.
If you have done nothing for the people, which seems to be the case, your fate is already sealed. You will be consigned to the dustbin of history and Punjab will move on with the leaders it trusts.”
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