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Cong launches membership drive to neutralise BJP effect in Punjab

Unsettled by the BJP’s ongoing membership drive to expand its mass base in Punjab, the Congress on Tuesday too launched a membership drive in Pathankot, a BJP stronghold, as a counteraction to neutralise the saffron party’s impact.

punjab Updated: Dec 09, 2014 21:34 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Pathankot

Unsettled by the BJP’s ongoing membership drive to expand its mass base in Punjab, the Congress on Tuesday too launched a membership drive in Pathankot, a BJP stronghold, as a counteraction to neutralise the saffron party’s impact.

All India Congress Committee in charge of Punjab affairs Shakeel Ahmad and Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa indoctrinated over 2000 party workers to ahead with the party’s membership drive.

Ahmad is facing an awkward situation in Punjab due to internal bickering involving Amritsar sitting MP Captain Amrinder Singh, Bajwa and former union minister and Rajya Sabha MP Ashwani Kumar. His helplessness came to fore when reports asked him about his role in settling the internal strife.

Bajwa too remained mum when asked why party’s central leadership was not helping him to calm down Captain and Kumar, who had been advocating for a change in the state leadership.

Ahmad was uncomfortable when he was asked about reasons behind the Congress’ debacle in the Lok Sabha elections and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. He, however, tried to defend Rahul by terming him a wise and able leader, who could lead the Congress in years to come.

“It’s people who make and break governments. They had uprooted Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Congress was defeated too in the similar fashion. The LS poll debacle is not an end,” he said.

On the question of the possibility of Enforcement Directorate summoning Bikram Singh Majithia in the Bhola drug case, Bajwa said people having no blood relation with the Badals were quick to face the music, while there was hesitation when Majithia was named.

“We are ready with our case, which will be lodged in the apex court to seek action against SAD big wigs in the drugs case,” he added.

BJP should be ashamed of its failure to fulfill the promise made in its manifesto to make Punjab a drug-free state, he said.

The Punjab BJP chief preferred to keep mum whenever a finger was pointed at SAD leadership in this connection, said Bajwa.

“Both the ruling parties are looting the state and our increasing members will become a counter force against their misdeeds, that is why the membership drive has been launched,” he concluded.

Congress leaders such as Raman Bhalla, Anil Vij and Sarwan Kumar also shared the diace with Ahmad.