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Capt brought terrorist-background people into Cong: expelled leader

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, October 05, 2012
First Published: 21:23 IST(5/10/2012) | Last Updated: 21:30 IST(5/10/2012)

Taking a dig at Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder's statement that Shiromani Akali Dal followed a policy of appeasing terrorists, expelled Congress leader Tejpreet Singh Peter has asked him to "take a look at your own house".

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In a statement issued here on Friday, Peter said during Capt Amarinder's tenure as PPCC head, a couple of persons with terrorist backgrounds had entered the party. "Even some against whom sedition cases had been slapped were brought into the party and even given tickets for elections," he added.

"I appreciate Capt Amarinder criticising the Akalis for giving tickets to those with terrorist backgrounds," Peter said. "But has he applied the same yardstick for his party?" Peter was an aspirant for from the Khem Karan constituency and later expelled for anti-party activities.

"Although we are happy that through the political process, a number of persons have been brought into the mainstream, the question is should they have been given tickets to fight elections," he said. "Congress is a party with secular credentials."

According to Peter, people who stood by the party in difficult times were ignored during distribution of tickets for the assembly polls in 2007 and 2012. "Those with a dubious past were not only brought into the party but also given tickets," he added.

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