Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday refrained from commenting on 'no permanent truce' remarks made by former chief minister and party leader Capt Amrinder Singh.
"How can I comment on his statement? Captain himself showed his grudges against me in public, then his faction announced a truce and now he is calling it a temporary truce. I never showed any grudges against him in public. These days, I am more focused on the revival of the Congress and uplifting the morale of party workers in the state," Bajwa told HT on the sidelines of a function organised by former minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh and Chaudhary Santokh Singh to mark the death anniversary of former agriculture minister Master Gurbanta Singh, their father, at Dhaliwal village, near here.
"Captain sahib and his statements regarding me are not so important right now. We all are focusing on the coming parliamentary elections only. The party high command is keeping vigil on everyone," Bajwa said.
The PPCC chief also refused to comment on Captain's advice to him to fight parliamentary elections from Gurdaspur seat to keep the morale of party workers high, setting aside the party affairs in the state. "It is up to the party high command to decide on the candidates and will take care of the party affairs in Punjab. Neither me nor Captain can do anything about it," he said.
Bajwa, however, reaffirmed his stand on the CBI demand to probe the drug nexus in the state. "I am leaving to attend the Parliament session at New Delhi on Wednesday. On returning, I will rejoin the agitation demanding a strict action against the ruling party MLAs involved in the drug nexus. A programme on further agitations will be released by the state unit of the party soon," he said.
On the recommendations of the Election Commission of India to initiate criminal proceedings against Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi, Bajwa said, "Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should immediately remove him from the cabinet. He has lost his moral right to hold the office. The PPPC wants the minister to resign to ensure a fair probe against him."
Several Congress leaders from the Doaba region paid homage to former agriculture minister Master Gurbanta Singh on his 34th death anniversary.