Ex-Congmen not together: Bir Devinder says Brar lacks vision, won’t join rally

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 19, 2016 23:23 IST
Expelled Congress leaders Jagmeet Singh Brar (right) and Bir Devinder Singh (left) (HT File Photo)

The new-found bonhomie between expelled Congress leaders Jagmeet Singh Brar and Bir Devinder Singh seems to be over too soon. Bir Devinder on Wednesday made it clear that he won’t be part of the May 21 Chappar Chiri rally--- a show of strength planned by Brar after his expulsion from the Congress.

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“After considering views of my well-wishers and examining all the pros and cons, I have decided not to be the part of this half-baked initiative. Brar is on a misadventure...he lacks vision,” Bir Devinder told HT.

Brar, in the first week of May, had visited Bir Devinder and invited him to join the May 21 rally. At that time, Bir had welcomed the idea, but told Brar that he would take the final call in the coming days.

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The former deputy speaker of the Vidhan Sabha also flayed Brar for his “overtures towards the Aam Aadmi Party”. “His unilateral overtures towards the AAP, sans warmth and formal invitation, sound an act of extreme gaucherie; which does not behove a leader of his stature”, said Bir.

“There are reports that he is also cosying up to the BSP, simultaneously. This kind of blurred political posturing is not helping to build mutual confidence. So I’m of the view that since he lacks clarity and has no vision for Punjab, there seems to be no point in wasting my time by becoming part of the crowd at Chhapar Chiri”, said Bir.

He said that the people and the parties of different hues, that intend to overthrow the Akali-BJP combine, must be wary of splitting the anti-incumbency vote, as it could give a providential to the ruling combine. “Therefore, all future electoral combinations in Punjab should be carefully worked out, without committing the mistakes of the past”, he said.

When asked, Brar said: “It’s sad that after agreeing to all issues raised by me, Bir Devinder had decided to opt out. I don’t know what his compulsions are, but he is missing a chance to fight for the people of Punjab.”

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