Halke vich Captain: Kishor’s pack takes charge, local Cong leaders cry foul

  • Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2016 10:39 IST
Capt Amarinder Singh having lunch after the Halke-Vich-Captain programme near Shahkot on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s scheme of things at the state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh’s events is persistently not going well with the party leaders.

On Thursday, Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) volunteers created embarrassing situation for the party again during the ‘Halke Vich Captain’ show here when they directed local leaders to leave the venue of a press conference to be addressed by Captain Amarinder.

For the media briefing, the IPAC volunteers had put chair only for Captain and they didn’t want any other person around. However, the idea was vehemently opposed by the local leaders who questioned the rationale behind this. PPCC spokesperson Dr Navjot Dahiya, former minister Brij Bhupinder Lalli and Laddi Sherrowalia did not relent and argued with the IPAC volunteers.

The volunteers complained to programme coordinator who got furious and pulled out his team saying “Jo karte hain karne do (Let them do what they want)”.

Captain Amarinder Singh in Shakot for the Halke vich Captain programme. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

On July 24, in Kartarpur, MP Santokh Chaudhary left the venue in protest, alleging misbehaviour by the IPAC team that did not allow him to sit beside Captain during a similar programme. Chaudhary returned only after Amarinder intervened.

On Wednesdat at Nangal, an ex-MLA who organised the programme was asked to leave Amarinder alone during a press conference. The matter reportedly has already reached the party high command.

“The role of local leaders has been restricted only to bring crowds. The leaders face humiliation in front of supporters when they are not allowed to even stand behind Capt. I fail to understand what is the rationale behind this?” said a senior party leaders.

A few leaders have already complained to the Congress high command about the “high-headedness” of Kishor’s men.

When this correspondent asked the PCC chief on the issue, he defended the Kishor’s team, saying ‘Halke Vich Captain’ was entirely an IPAC show and not that of the party.

Payal Kamat, a senior IPAC functionary, said the event had been planned in consultation of the PCC chief and there was nothing like “ignoring the party”. “This event is aimed at projecting ‘brand Amarinder’.There is another programme where Captain freely meets party workers,” she said.

SYL row: Capt shows Haryana records to target Badal

Shahkot (Jalandhar): Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh, on Thursday, released March 1, 1978, proceedings of the Haryana assembly, charging Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal with having acquired land for the construction of the SYL canal in Punjab.

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Amarinder said Badal as the CM had acquired the land for the purpose in 1978 and also taken money from Haryana. “Badal wrote to the Haryana government, demanding Rs 3 crore more as he had taken Rs 2 crore for the purpose. This was in follow-up to an agreement between him and then chief minister of Haryana Devi Lal that it (Haryana) would pay Rs 5 crore to Punjab,” he said.

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