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Bajwa ready to 'go the extra mile' to iron out differences

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa is willing to 'go the extra mile' for ironing out all differences with his predecessor and former chief minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for bringing about complete unity in the rank and file of the Congress party in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Nov 05, 2014 08:23 IST
Harkirat Singh

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa is willing to 'go the extra mile' for ironing out all differences with his predecessor and former chief minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for bringing about complete unity in the rank and file of the Congress party in Punjab.

"If need be I am ready to go the extra mile and meet him (Amarinder) for the sake of the party. I am ready to take any step if it strengthens the Congress", he said while talking to HT on the sidelines of a workers' meeting in Harike town of Tarn Taran district on Tuesday.

When his attention was drawn to the views of some of his party workers who during the meeting openly blamed the Congress leadership for the defeat in the 2012 assembly polls, the PPCC chief responded by agreeing with them and saying, " I know the same fate awaits the party in the next assembly elections if we continue to fight among ourselves. I assure you that I will do everything to bring about unity in the party".

Bajwa claimed that despite provocations he had always refrained from passing any comment against his party MP from Amritsar. "I have not uttered anything against him?", he added.

Pointing out that Capt Singh was a very senior leader of the party, he said that he had all the respect for him.

"He has a duty to perform as the deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha and I too have a duty to perform as state party chief which I am performing so as to strengthen the party in the state", he added.

Earlier while addressing the party workers, Bajwa said that another reason for the 2012 defeat was the failure of the Congress leadership to go down to the grass-root level and take care of the problems of its workers. "If a person does not care for his workers, then he should not expect anything from them," he added.

ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN

The PPCC chief, who addressed small gatherings of workers at 15 different places in Patti assembly constituency, informed the workers to gear up for the party's anti-drug campaign which will be launched from the Congress headquarters at Chandigarh on November 14.

In the first phase of this campaign the party will cover five assembly constituencies of Qadian, Majitha, Chabbewal, Ludhiana West and Sanaur.

BJP KEEN TO MARGINALISE ALL REGIONAL PARTIES

When asked about the reported move of the BJP to expand its own base in Punjab, Bajwa said that this was definitely on its agenda. The party will make the move after the assembly polls are over in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), he observed.

"In view of the coming polls in the two states, the BJP has halted its anti-Akali rhetoric. After the elections, it will again take on the Akalis as the BJP is keen to marginalise all regional parties. It intends to expand its base at the cost of parties like the Akali Dal ", he added.

SEEKS CLARIFICATION ON AID FOR '84 RIOT VICTIMS

Meanwhile, Bajwa sought a clarification from union home minister Rajnath Singh on the proposed move of the government to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to those who had lost their kin in the 1984 riots.

This clarification was to the proposed reply of the ministry to the Election Commission of India (EC), stating that so far the decision to give compensation had not been finalised and deliberations were still on to discuss modalities (of payment).

"We want to know the exact status of the compensation", the PPCC said while referring to the objections raised by the EC to the compensation announcement made just ahead of the coming polls in Delhi, Jammu Kashmir and Jharkhand.