The swords are out in Punjab Congress. An ongoing feud between Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh and his detractor Rajinder Kaur Bhattal turned ugly when the two leaders engaged in fresh mud-slinging over the stunning defeat in the recent state elections.
Reeling under the aftershocks of the Akali Dal's victory, the state Congress will discuss the reasons for its poll debacle at a meeting in Delhi on Wednesday.
Bhattal, a former Congress Legislature Party leader, called Amarinder a "corrupt coward" and asked him to explain where the Rs 300 to 500 crore party funds had been utilised.
Reacting to the allegations, Amarinder, asked Bhattal to give details of the donors, who she claimed had donated the Rs 300-500 crore to the party, so that these could be sent to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) for a through probe.
The war of words turned personal with both leaders blaming each other for the electoral defeat. "How can a man who once had no money to change the tyres of his car own an apartment in Dubai? Amarinder is the master of telling lies…a corrupt man…a coward known for running away from the battlefield and sending his aides to touch Sukhbir Singh Badal’s feet for not pursing court cases against him," Bhattal alleged.
The former Punjab CM hit back, claiming that Bhattal was in charge of 10 seats but could ensure victory in only two.
He also accused her of being hand-in-gloves with the Akalis.
The war has prompted Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa and CWC member Jagmeet Singh Brar to call for a change of guard in the Punjab Congress.