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Congress MLA apologises to Sewa Dal chief for slap before Captain’s dharna

Congress state legislator Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday apologised to Pathankot district chief of the party’s Sewa Dal (workers’ body) IS Gulati for slapping him during a dharna outside the Gurdaspur cooperative sugar mill at Paniar near here on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2016 18:14 IST
Kamaljit Singh Kamal
Congress legislator Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.
Congress legislator Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.(HT File Photo)

Congress legislator Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Friday apologised to Pathankot district chief of the party’s Sewa Dal (workers’ body) IS Gulati for slapping him during a dharna outside the Gurdaspur cooperative sugar mill at Paniar near here on Wednesday.

Video: Randhawa slapping Gulati

Apologising to him for his “misconduct”, the Dera Baba Nanak MLA “amicably settled” the row with Gulati at Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary Raman Bahl’s residence, following the intervention of MLAs Sukhbinder Singh Sukhsarkaria and Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa besides Sewa Dal state chief Rajinder Das Rania.

“Now, I bear no grudge against him (Randhawa),” Gulati told HT.

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh was reportedly perturbed over the slapping incident, which dominated the first dharna of the party in a series of protests against the state government. He had instructed MLAs Sukhsarkaria and Tripat Rajinder Singh to settle the issue at the earliest, said sources.

On Thursday, Gulati along with his supporters had burnt Randhawa’s effigy at Pathankot. Later, the two MLAs visited Gulati’s house and apologised to him on behalf of Randhawa, which Gulati readily accepted.

Sukhsarkaria, state legislator from Raja Sansi, said both Randhawa and Gulati are respectful leaders of the Congress and will continue working jointly to strengthen the party.

The slapping incident had taken place just before Captain’s arrival at the dharna on Wednesday. The slap was followed by a scuffle among party men. The row started when Gulati and his supporters were entering an enclosure for VIPs, to which Randhawa, who was conducting the stage, objected.