Former Cong leader advises party to set its own house in order

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 23:43 IST

On the eve of the Congress party's 'lalkar rally' against drugs, a former Congress leader of Tarn Taran district on Friday advised the party to "clean up its own house before pointing fingers at others".

Peter, a former Congress leader of Bhikiwind, who is close to former chief minister and Amritsar MP, Captain Amarinder Singh.

Peter pointed out the arrest of Congress leader Dharamveer Singh of Mari Udoke village under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. The case was registered at the Khalra police station on January 15 after 260 grams of heroin was recovered from his possession.

Dharamveer had contested the zila parishad elections in 2013 on a Congress ticket and lost.

Peter claimed that the party ticket to Dharamveer was given at the behest of former Congress minister, Gurchet Singh Bhullar, who is the father of Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, the current Tarn Taran District Congress Committee (DCC) chief.

"I call upon PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa to set his own house in order. Persons associated with drugs should be immediately shown the door by the party", he said.

Peter said that he will be going to Amarinder's rally at Amritsar on Saturday but will not take the stage if anyone associated with the drug mafia is found sitting on the stage.

Reacting to the charges of Peter, Sukhpal Singh Bhullar claimed that the case against Dharamveer was "political motivated". Bhullar alleged that it was registered at the behest of a Shiromani Akali Dal MLA.

He also questioned Peter's locus standi, pointing out that he had been expelled from the Congress and had no right to give any advice.

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