Partap Bajwa termed Captain Amarinder’s statements as utter lies. “I reject the allegations with the contempt they deserve,” he said.
In a statement, Bajwa said that being the party president it was his prerogative to visit any constituency, but in this case, Amarinder was “resorting to such blatant falsehood” for reasons best known to him.
“Is he motivated by the desire to occupy the post of the PPCC chief from which he had to go following successive defeats of the Congress in every election beginning with 2007?
It is Capt Amarinder Singh who handed over the government on a platter to the Akali Dal in 2012 when even Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal did not think that they would return to power,” Bajwa said.
“Amarinder is trying to deflect from the real issue as a number of MLAs and leaders from other areas had camped in Amritsar throughout the campaign, neglecting their own regions, and it was this strategy of his which resulted in colossal loss in other areas.
Now when he will have to explain this to the high command, he is trying to raise frivolous issues and baseless allegations to divert focus,” he said.
“It was because of this reason that the party got defeated in Gurdaspur, Khadoor Sahib, Bathinda, Anandpur Sahib and Sangrur.
The Congress would have performed much better had he not invited all these leaders to campaign for him in Amritsar,” Bajwa said.
He said his brother was bedridden for more than a week during the election campaign and he had no time to go out of Gurdaspur as he himself was contesting the election.