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Cong high command forms panel to review Punjab PCC list

Manpreet Randhawa, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, January 07, 2014
First Published: 21:53 IST(7/1/2014) | Last Updated: 22:07 IST(7/1/2014)

Upset at the statewide rebellion over the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) list, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Tuesday constituted a four-member committee to redress grievances of disgruntled partymen within a month.

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The committee would be headed by special invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee. The other members are AICC secretary KL Sharma, Punjab Pradesh Mahila Congress president Malti Thapar and MLA Lal Singh.

According to AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed, who is also the incharge of Punjab Congress affairs, soon after the announcement of the list of new office-bearers and members of the PPCC executive committee, some voices of concern and discontent were raised in the media by some party leaders.

"The four-member committee will look into the grievances which will be submitted to it and, in consultation with the senior leadership of Punjab, will suggest ways and means to address these issues within one month to the AICC," said Ahmed.

Ahmed said the committee would also see if the voices of concern were genuine or were raised only to dislodge the Congress when the parliamentary polls were around the corner.

"The committee would also suggest disciplinary action in case some members tried to disrepute the party and its leadership without any genuine grievance or basis," said Ahmed.

While those Congressmen who had raised their voice against the list and termed it biased feel that the constitution of the committee to review the list is a major victory for them against PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, seasoned Congress leaders are of the view that it is a smart move on the part of the AICC to quell unrest in the party immediately.

"The AICC has tried to kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand, they will be able to buy time to prevail upon disgruntled elements, and on the other, it would give sufficient time for the new PPCC to streamline its functioning," said a senior Punjab Congress leader.

Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, senior party leaders Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Jagmeet Singh Brar, party MLA Jagmohan Singh Kang and others had criticised the PPCC list after it was released on December 27 and had wanted the AICC to review it. Many office-bearers of the newly-formed body had threatened to resign from their posts, while others had announced their resignation.

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