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Cong unity before Baba Bakala meet

Bringing relief to the Congress, two of its former legislators reconciled two days before the party's annual Rakhar Purnima conference in the historical town of Baba Bakala.

punjab Updated: Aug 19, 2013 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Bringing relief to the Congress, two of its former legislators reconciled two days before the party's annual Rakhar Purnima conference in the historical town of Baba Bakala.

The party was on the tenterhooks for the past 10 days after Jasbir Singh Dimpa and Ranjit Singh Chajjalwadi had decided to hold parallel conferences on Wednesday and selected separate sites and made own preparations. Chajjalwadi is party's man in charge of the Baba Bakala assembly constituency, while Dimpa claim claims to have support of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), as he represented Beas (now Baba Bakala reserve constituency) in the assembly.

Dimpa, who has the ability to draw crowds, had to move out of the constituency after it was notified as reserved, yet he maintain rapport with its people. Chajjalwadi, who had lost the Baba Bakala assembly election in 2012, had blamed Dimpa for it.

On all previous occasions, Dimpa had organised the Congress conference, and only last year Chajjalwadi had taken over. With Dimpa staying away, Chajjalwadi had to invite popular Punjabi singer Miss Puja to draw crowds.