Bhattal heaps praise on ‘brother’ Amarinder

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 21:05 IST

Known as one of the most vocal critics of Congress’ deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh, former Punjab chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal on Wednesday showered praise on her bete noire and claimed that their differences had been resolved.

Bhattal was here to take part in a religious procession held to mark the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki. Talking to reporters, she also called the Captain a tall, respected leader and her ‘brother’.

“We have ended all our differences in favour of the party (Congress). We have decided to work from one platform,” said Bhattal, while denying reports that she had ironed out differences with the Captain as she desired to make her son the next Punjab Youth Congress chief.

“All these reports are baseless as I am not even aware when the Youth Congress elections are going to happen in Punjab. How can I project my son when the entire election process has to be conducted as per the system adopted by Rahul Gandhi,” she said.

Bhattal claimed that Amarinder, who is the Amritsar MP, had responded favourably to this “new beginning” by greeting her on her birthday on September 30.

“Captain saab is also ready to work unitedly. He visited my house in Chandigarh when my family was celebrating my birthday. In order to ensure the Congress’ prosperous future in Punjab, we must iron out the differences between us. I wish that the relations between the Captain and Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa improve as well,” she said.

Bhattal’s changing political equation with the Captain had come to light when she attended the lunch hosted by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar on September 30 to celebrate the election of Amarinder’s wife Preneet Kaur as an MLA. Bajwa was not invited to the lunch.

When asked about bickering within the Congress regarding Bajwa’s functioning, the former CM refused to comment.

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