The caste war within the Congress is escalating with its Rajya Sabha MP and former Punjab Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo hitting back at sufi singer Hans Raj Hans for his recent outbursts against him and four other Dalit families.
Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, Dullo said Hans was posting videos on YouTube of his statements made at press conferences where he is openly accusing four-five Dalit families of cornering all party posts.
At a recent Dalit convention of the party, Hans had taken the mike from Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi and openly blamed party for ignoring Vamikis.
Dullo, who was present at the convention and bagged the Rajya Sabha berth for which Hans too was a contender, showed news reports from Jalandhar where Hans had said he would have to wait for senior leaders like Dullo to pass away to get posts.
“He is accusing five Dalit families — such as Chaudhary Jagat Ram, Darshan Singh Kaypee (father of former MP Mohinder Kaypee), Chaudhary Sundar Singh (father of Santokh Chaudhary) and mine — of cornering all party posts,. Why is he not targeting families of Amarinder, Sunil Jakhar and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal who too have dominated party posts in Punjab,” Dullo asked.
Hinting that Hans had the backing of senior leaders, he questioned why state top leaders present at the Dalit convention have not taken notice or action against utterances of Hans.
“A rank newcomer is hurting sentiments of families which have taken part in country’s freedom struggle and fought militancy in Punjab. I agree Valmikis have been left behind Ravidassia and Majhabi Sikhs. But why was Hans not able to get a single ticket to a Valmiki in 2012 state polls when he was an Akali Dal vice-president? Punjab has highest percentage of Dalit population but instead of wooing them back into the party, Hans is dividing them. Sukhbir Singh Badal (SAD president) had said he has sent Hans on deputation to the Congress. I suspect him to be helping Sukhbir,” he added.