Congress legislator from Dhuri assembly segment Arvind Khanna has admitted that he was among the Punjab Congress leaders, who had raised the demand for change of the party leadership in Punjab in a 'democratic way'.
"Yes, I was among the leaders, who had met senior party leaders in Delhi and raised the demand of changing the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president," confirmed Khanna, while talking to the Hindustan Times.
"During the visit, we met four senior leaders of the party including Capt Amarinder Singh and Ambika Soni and raised the concerns of ground-level workers and supporters of the Punjab Congress, who are demanding change in the leadership," he added.
About any assurance from the party high command about the change in the leadership, Khanna, who is a close confidante of former chief minister and Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh, said, "We have raised our demand in a democratic way, now it is up to the high command to take action."
However, district Congress president Roop Kaur Bagrian said, "I have come to know that some leaders of the Punjab Congress have met senior leaders, but I don't think that their demand of change in leadership will be accepted in the near future."
When asked about the action against Arvind Khanna, who did not attend three monthly meetings of the district unit of the party, Bagrian, said, Following guidelines of the party high command, we have already written to senior leaders for action against the leaders, who did not attend three monthly meetings of the party." When contacted, another senior Congress leader, on the condition of not disclosing his name, said, "After the Lok Sabha elections, the party high command should change the PPCC president. Also, the ground-level workers are not happy with the leadership of the present president and for better results in the assembly elections in 2017, the party should start thinking today."