Senior Congress leader and Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh, Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki, Harjit Singh Parmar, Capt Harminder Singh and Hardev Singh Ladi on Saturday resigned from the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) saying they would continue to work as the loyal soldiers of the party.
The party leaders, in a joint statement, said they had sent their resignations to the PPCC president and also to the party high command as they were protesting against the "wrong" selection of the office-bearers to the PPCC.
Lashing out at PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa for the "favouritism" and "nepotism" shown in the appointments, they said it was now established beyond doubt that he misled the party high command about the appointments. Besides, they added, he had also lied about having taken senior leaders into confidence.
The leaders observed that Bajwa should have been satisfied with being appointed as the PPCC president and should not have infiltrated the PPCC with his close relatives and associates. They said Bajwa had appointed his brother as general secretary, besides wife and other personal assistants in various capacities.
The leaders agreed it was not possible for Bajwa to please everybody, but at the same time it was possible for him not to antagonise everybody. They said he had annoyed and antagonised the entire rank and file of the party and put the party in a virtual state of civil war.
Hoping the party high command would take an urgent notice of the situation, they regretted that Bajwa had failed the party at a crucial moment when everybody should be busy with preparations for the general elections. But unfortunately, they said, everybody had been made to forget the elections and fight his own battle within the party.