A day after PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh staged a dharna in Patti, local Congress leaders led by former MLA Jasbir Dimpa staged a protest against Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) on Thursday, alleging that it was targeting the commercial property of party leader Rinku Narula as part of the SAD-BJP's "vendetta politics".
However, PSPCL officials claimed that they had gone to cut the power connection of Swaran House, a guesthouse owned by Narula, on the instructions of the pollution board.
High drama was witnessed at Ajit Nagar when PSPCL officials led by executive engineer Paramjit Singh went to disconnect the power of the guesthouse. When Congressmen led by Dimpa staged a protest, PSPCL employees left the place without completing the exercise. They even left behind the ladder they had brought.
Alleging vendetta by the ruling combine, Dimpa said, "During the recent elections, Narula had left the SAD and supported the Congress. The action was motivated by political vendetta. PSPCL officials had no written instructions to show to justify the move. We will not tolerate this. We will stage a dharna at the pollution board office on Friday."
Paramjit said the PSPCL had nothing to do with political parties and was only doing what it had been asked to. "The guesthouse had failed to install an effluent treatment plant. The charges of vendetta are baseless. Similar action is being taken against seven-eight other establishments," he said.