Senior Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar said in Bathinda on Sunday that he had felt disrespected and hurt at not being invited to address the party’s December 15 rally here.
Addressing a press conference here, he said, “Being a senior leader of the party, I should have been one of the speakers and, in anticipation, I had even prepared an address for the rally. Had I been invited to address the rally, I would have given a new ideological line to the party.”
However, he said he had no complaint against anybody. But, he had conveyed his feelings to party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi in this regard, he added.
Attacking some of the rally organisers without naming them, he said some leaders, who are much junior to him in the party, gave expressions at the rally as if the Punjab cabinet was being expanded. They also appeared to have no respect for senior leaders. “Our expressions should be of being grateful and polite. We will not tolerate that somebody from Amritsar and some others from other parts of the state should try to show us down in Malwa with their aggressive facial expressions,” he said.
Brar, however, expressed faith in the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh by terming him a popular and the tallest leader in the state and said that he felt that the party high command appointed him as state Congress president to make him chief minister if the Congress came to power in the 2017 assembly polls. He said that, earlier, the party was also not able to attack the SAD-BJP government the way it should have, but now the party has been reinvigorated after the rally in Bathinda.
He said he would organise a march on foot to Abohar in Fazilka from Muktsar on December 26, 27 and 28 to protest against the murder of Dalit Bhim Sain and demand the arrest of all the accused, including Akali leader Shiv Lal Doda. The marchers would cover a distance of 65 km from Muktsar to Abohar, he added.
He said that he had taken permission from the party high command for this march and would be inviting party leaders, including Amarinder Singh, for this.
Brar said that all party leaders would be invited for the Congress’ political conference at the “Maghi mela (fair) in Muktsar on January 14.
He, however, said he would not allow the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to hold its political conference on that day and would hold a protest carrying black flags ad court arrest at the venue of the SAD rally.
He said he would protest against the state government for its failure to trace the culprits behind the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, atrocities on the people, especially Dalits and poor people, and the sorry state of agriculture reflected in the rise in the number of cases of suicide by farmers.