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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Bajwas tried to sabotage my campaign: Amarinder

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 25, 2014
First Published: 07:40 IST(25/5/2014) | Last Updated: 15:12 IST(25/5/2014)

Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday claimed that PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and his brother Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa had tried to sabotage his campaign in Amritsar before the Lok Sabha elections and had especially visited the city to ask people to oppose him.


Amarinder said he had to call Fateh and warn him against sabotaging his campaign. He said he had kept quiet so far only in the interest of the party, adding that he was forced to reveal it now since some senior leaders were unnecessarily being targeted and blamed for no fault of theirs.

“It is a case of the kettle calling the pot black,” he said. He also asked Disciplinary Action Committee chairman GK Chatrath whether the latter could initiate action against the Bajwa brothers for “their act of sabotage”.

Amarinder said that during the campaign he came to know that the Bajwa brothers had come to Amritsar and were asking people to oppose him or at least not to support him.

He said he called Fateh Bajwa right at that moment and asked him that the brothers should stay away from Amritsar.

Amarinder said the brothers were very much in Amritsar though Fateh claimed that he was bed-ridden while his brother was in Gurdaspur.

The former chief minister also advised Chatrath not to exceed his brief by making comments as to why he did not resign in 2004 when he was the chief minister and that the Congress had won only two seats from Punjab.

First, he as chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee cannot become the party himself by asking such questions, he said, adding that the action could cost Chatrath his job.

Second, Amarinder asked how did Chatrath know what had happened in 2004 after the election results and what transpired between him (Capt Amarinder) and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

“From his words and deeds it is obvious as to whose bidding he is doing,” Amarinder said, adding that he must stick to his brief.

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