With Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chairman Captain Amarinder scheduled to visit the area on Sunday, a local Congress leader has highlighted the alleged injustice done to him.
Tejpreet Singh Peter, 40, who claims that he has been 'illegitimately expelled' from the Congress has threatened to return a Tamat Patar (an honour) bestowed on his maternal grandfather, a freedom fighter, to Sonia Gandhi in protest against the decision.
His maternal grandfather, late Jaswant Singh, a resident of Dhoolka village in Amritsar, had received the 'Tamar Patar' from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in recognition of his role in the freedom struggle. "I will be returning this honor to Sonai Gandhi if I am denied justice," said Peter.
The 'Tamar Patar' is Peter's prized possession and his mother handed over the honour to him as he was the only child of his parents.
A resident of Bhikiwind, Peter had time and again applied for a party ticket for the assembly polls, but failed to get it. Even in the last assembly polls he had applied for the ticket from Khem Karan, but lost out to former minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar.
Addressing the media on Saturday, Peter asked PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh to clarify the reasons for his expulsion. He claimed that till date, he had not received any letter expelling him from the party. "I contacted PPCC Disciplinary Committee chairman Prof Darbari Lal and he denied having taken any action against me. I tried to contact Amarinder on a number of occasions, but could not meet him. Once, his OSD said that he would not be allowed to meet the PPCC chief."
"I was charged with anti-party activities during the polls. It was alleged that I was asking people not to vote for Bhullar. However, the SAD candidate had also complained against me to the election commission, stating that I was threating people to vote for the Congress. Whose version is more believable."
He alleged that Bhullar probably wanted to get even with him as he had got a case registered against his son, Sukhpal after he had forged documents (date of birth) for contesting the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) elections last year. The case was registered after an inquiry was carried out on his report to the Tarn Taran district administration. He demanded the revocation of his suspension and said that the party must readmit him. He also showed the signatures of 5,000 Congress supporters of his area to the media.
"These supporters have threatened to quit the party if my expulsion is not revoked within a week," he said.