Hitting back at Punjab Congress ex-chief Partap Singh Bajwa for saying his expulsion from the party was “inconsequential”, former Vidhan Sabha deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh has said it is “doublespeak”, as Bajwa was among the first to praise his critical write-up in HT against state party president Captain Amarinder Singh.
Claiming that Bajwa had even taken the clipping to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Bir Devinder said: “I wonder how people change their colours overnight like chameleon.” He said two other senior leaders, whom he’d name later, also had liked his Captain-bashing in the press, and “everyone is miffed with Amarinder but no one has the courage to speak”.
Bir Devinder even released a text message of appreciation from Bajwa. Sent at 7.38am on March 29, it reads: “Excellent write-up in HT (‘Can Congress rescue itself before Punjab poll ’). Forwarding it to VP (Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi). Every Congressman in the state shares your sentiment.”
“There are two other senior leaders who either texted or called me after reading the article, and now they are talking otherwise,” said the former deputy speaker. He claimed to have “enough material to expose the unprincipled manoeuvrings against the Congress interests”.
He said he wished to remind Bajwa that when he was “inconsequential” all through his tenure as state party president, “we never made fun of him, despite suffering his unimpressive and embarrassing presidency”. In spite of many attempt, Bajwa could not be contacted for comments. Amarinder had got Bir Devinder expelled after the write-up.