Senior leaders of the Punjab Congress on Friday said comments made by SAD leader Avtar Singh Brar about the Bajwa family were misleading and an attempt to divert the attention of people of Punjab from the charges of drug trafficking against a senior cabinet minister in government headed by Parkash Singh Badal.
In a statement, former Punjab minister Sardul Singh Bandala, Gurdaspur DCC president Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, general secretary PPCC, and other Congress leaders said before commenting on the Bajwa family, Avtar Singh Brar would have looked at his own character.
The Congress leaders said to fulfil his vested interests, Brar had sold his conscience to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). They said Brar was making undemocratic and derogatory remarks against the leader of a party, which made him a minister from a school master. "He was rewarded for his outburst with the post of chairman, which marks the level of his character. He has betrayed his own party for petty political gains."
The Congress leaders said late Satnam Singh Bajwa, father of PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, remained minister three times in the Punjab government and sacrificed his life fighting terrorism. Partap Singh Bajwa was attacked twice by terrorists, they said.
The Congress leaders expressed surprise over silence adopted by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue of involvement of Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the drug racket.
They said the Punjab Police claimed to have arrested 50 people involved in drug racket on the basis of confessions made by main accused Jagdish Bhola. The name of Majithia was also taken by Bhola then what is the hitch in making his arrest, they asked. They said if Bhola takes name of a common man he becomes a criminal and if he names a cabinet minister he becomes innocent. What type of rule of law is this, they asked.
The Congress leaders appealed to people of Punjab to participate in large numbers in the Punjab Bachao Campaign launched by PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and support Punjab bandh on January 16. They also urged people to join indefinite hunger strike by the Congress leaders from January 21.