The bickering within the Congress over formation of the new Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) announced by Captain Amarinder Singh has come to the fore with daughter of former chief minister Beant Singh and former minister Gurkanwal Kaur announcing to quit as a special invitee of the PPCC.
Gurkanwal, a former MLA from Jalandhar Cantonment constituency, the segment represented by late Beant Singh, said she doesn’t need such “meaningless” post. “I am writing to the PPCC chief to take me out of this list. It looks like belittling seniority. In the coming days, I will meet national party chief Sonia Gandhi to expose the present state of affairs of the PPCC run by Amarinder,” she said.
She alleged Amarinder was ignoring senior leaders and was giving preference to those who joined the party only to contest polls.
“Amarinder’s choice to project leaders such as Jagbir Brar (former Akali MLA, who had joined the Congress in 2012, just before the polls) will ruin the party. Giving preference to a turncoat and making him district Congress chief of Jalandhar Rural by ignoring me is an insult. Many senior leaders are unhappy with the autocratic attitude of Amarinder,” Gurkanwal told HT.
She also accused Amarinder of ignoring Beant Singh’s legacy. “The party uses my father’s name when they need votes. But the PPCC chief ignored his daughter who is a former minister,” she added.
When asked how the question of ignoring Beant Singh’s family arose when her nephew (her brother’s son) and Khanna MLA Gurkirat Kotli had been made the party general secretary, Gurkanwal said: “I am Beant Singh’s daughter and I deserve much more than Gurkirat.”
Gurkanwal had earlier accused previous PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa’s style of managing the party affairs.
Executive member resigns
Ludhiana: Newly appointed executive member of the PPCC Ashok Prasher (Pappi Shahpuria) on Tuesday resigned from the post stating that senior party leaders from Ludhiana, who do not owe allegiance to member of Parliament (MP) Ravneet Singh Bittu, were ignored in the PCC list announced recently.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Prasher, who remained a general secretary of the state Congress committee, said leaders with mass base were ignored.
“I have sent my resignation to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, state party president Amarinder Singh, and party general secretary and in-charge of Punjab affairs Shakeel Ahmad,” said
Prasher. He said Ravneet Bittu, MLA Rakesh Pandey and Surinder Dawar were demoralising the party cadre.