Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar has forwarded the reply furnished by disgruntled Congress MLA from Raja Sansi, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, to All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Shakeel Ahmed, who is in-charge of party affairs in Punjab.
As per the AICC directions, Sarkaria handed over his reply to Jakhar in a sealed envelope in Chandigarh on October 5, the deadline fixed by the party high command. The CLP leader was away to New Delhi and returned on Sunday.
Sarkaria had been asked to reply to his September 29 letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in which he had attacked PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa and had praised former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Subsequently, he was charged with violating party discipline as he had released the letter to the media.
The CLP leader had been asked by the Congress high command to seek an explanation from Sarkaria. Jakhar had met the MLA in Amritsar on October 2.
Confirming having received the reply, Jakhar told HT over phone on Monday, "I have handed over the reply to Shakeel Ahmed, who was in Jalalabad in Ferozepur district on Monday."
Ahmed is expected to go through the details furnished by Sarkaria when he gets back to the national capital. However, the discussion of the Sarkaria issue may be delayed as the AICC top brass, including Ahmed, is busy with the assembly polls in Delhi and other states.
"The reply may be put up before a screening committee. However, senior leaders, including Ahmed, are busy in the assembly polls now," Jakhar said.