Time to revive disciplinary panel: Bajwa
Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Tuesday said the time appeared to have come to revive the defunct disciplinary committee of the state Congress.chandigarh Updated: Oct 01, 2013 21:39 IST
Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Tuesday said the time appeared to have come to revive the defunct disciplinary committee of the state Congress.
Bajwa made this comment in the backdrop of a scathing attack on his leadership by Raja Sansi MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria who, in a letter to the party high command, had sought the Gurdaspur MP's removal as president of the state Congress.
A joint statement issued on Monday on behalf of the Congress legislators seeking disciplinary action against Sarkaria had backfired as many of the purported signatories disowned the statement.
Curiously, the Sarkaria issue didn't crop up on Tuesday during the routine monthly meeting of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) presided over by Bajwa. Around 30 party MLAs, including Amarinder Singh loyalists, attended the three-hour meeting, where the speakers made only a passing reference to the need for imposing strict discipline and unity in the party in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Bajwa denied that some of MLAs were not taken into confidence before issuing a statement calling for action against Sarkaria.
The other issue that cropped up during the PPCC meeting was the "inability" of the SAD-BJP government to provide unemployment allowance to the educated youth. The PPCC decided to extend the deadline for all 117 assembly constituencies to prepare the list of unemployed youth till October end. Each constituency has been asked to give a list of a minimum of 1,000 unemployed youths.
The SAD, in its manifesto, had promised to pay Rs 1,000 as monthly allowance to every unemployed youth during the last assembly polls which, the Congress said, the party had failed to keep.
After gathering the names of the unemployed youths, the PPCC intends to knock the doors of the Punjab and Haryana high court against the government.
The PPCC also passed three resolutions, including hailing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for rubbishing the recent ordinance.
The committee observed silence to mourn the death of Gurbrinder Kaur Brar, wife of former chief minister HS Brar; Kirpal Singh Dhillon, a former Congress minister; and Jasdeep Singh Malhotra, Jalandhar-based journalist with Hindustan Times, who died in a road accident.
Rahul in Sangrur on Oct 10
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in Sangrur on October 10. CLP leader Sunil Jakhar, who was also present at the PPCC meeting, congratulated Bajwa for successfully completing the first two phases of his mass contact programme. The third phase will begin in November.