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Captain an unpopular leader, say Bajwa supporters

punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2015 22:31 IST
Anshu Seth
Punjab chief minister

The recent rallies organised by former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh have propelled Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa's brigade into action. They are leaving no stone unturned in portraying Amarinder Singh as "an unpopular leader" in Ludhiana, just before his rally in Samrala, scheduled for July 13.

From social media to a section of press, the Captain brigade is being questioned as to why the rally is being organised in Samrala instead of Ludhiana. The Bajwa group is propagating that Amarinder Singh is afraid due to his weak support in Ludhiana, because of which he has decided to organise the rally in Samrala, a small town in the district.

Interestingly, former chief minister Beant Singh's grandson Gurkirat Singh Kotli, who is a state legislator from Khanna, has extended unequivocal support to Amarinder Singh, while his cousin Ravneet Singh Bittu, Lok Sabha member from Ludhiana, MLAs Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Surinder Dawar and district Congress president Gurpreet Singh Gogi have chosen to stick to Bajwa's side.

"Empty vessels make the most noise and Bajwa and his coterie are living in a fool's paradise if they believe that they have a stronghold in Ludhiana or any other part of Punjab,"said Kotli, while countering Bajwa group.

The list of Captain's supporters is pretty long, with many pledging their loyalty to him and ensuring their presence in each of his rallies organised recently. To name a few: Kotli and his father, former Congress minister Tej Prakash Singh, Samrala MLA Amrik Dhillon, Raikot MLA Gurcharan Singh Boparai, district Congress president (rural) Malkit Dakha and Congress in-charge in Payal Lakhvir Singh Lakha besides former district president KK Bawa and former Raikot MLA.

Amarjit Singh Tikka, a senior Congress leader and a close associate of Beant Singh, said: "Soon after Lok Sabha's monsoon session, Captain Amarinder Singh will have a massive rally in Ludhiana, as every segment - right from the working class to industrialists - is looking forward to his rally."

Even former district Congress president Pawan Dewan (the "right-hand man"of former union minister Manish Tewari) has garnered support for Amarinder Singh from various quarters.