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Cong MLA calls for change in state leadership

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, September 29, 2013
First Published: 21:13 IST(29/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:48 IST(29/9/2013)

Congress MLA from Raja Sansi Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, also known as Sukh Sarkari, has called for a change in the state party leadership, in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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His letter, released to the media here on Sunday, is critical of the party leadership in Punjab and heaps praise on Bajwa's predecessor, Captain Amarinder Singh. The letter, however, stops just short of asking the high command to bring back Amarinder at the helm of affairs.

Without naming Amarinder, the MLA urged the high command to give the 'party leadership in Punjab back to a person recognised by the entire top leadership and who can take everyone along'.
The letter may fuel dissidence in the party as a number of Amarinder loyalists in Majha had been lying low since the change in the state leadership.

"The Punjab Congress is being run like a company in which Congressmen and workers have no say," the letter adds.

Calls for review of situation:

Sarkaria urged the high command to review the political situation before the next Lok Sabha elections as all recent programmes at the grassroots level had flopped, with the people keeping away, he claimed.

"If no corrective action is taken, a situation may arise soon when the Congress will be left with only the so-called leaders and there will be no workers with it," states Sarkaria.
Praises Amarinder :

"People still remember the pro-people steps taken by him - be it the issue of river waters in which he took the bold stand to abrogate all previous agreements to safeguard the river waters of Punjab or even issues concerning farmers - like speedy introduction of BT cotton which led to prosperity in the Malwa region," the letter added.

"The party is pulling in different directions because no one has faith in the top party leadership," claimed Sarkaria, who despite losing the assembly polls in 2002, was appointed Punjab Mandi Board chairman during the tenure of Amarinder as chief minister.

" Unfortunately a party MP from Majha prevailed upon the high command and got tickets issued to his near and dear ones", the letter claimed in an obvious reference to Bajwa, who is the only Lok Sabha MP from Punjab to have got a ticket for 'his near and dear' , that is his wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, current MLA from Qadian.

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