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PPCC secys for Capt's expulsion from Congress

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, January 12, 2014
First Published: 18:28 IST(12/1/2014) | Last Updated: 20:02 IST(12/1/2014)

Following an HT report on former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh's letter written to the party high command as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief claiming that current party chief Partap Singh Bajwa had smuggled drugs, the supporters of Bajwa have trained guns on Amarinder.

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While demanding Amarinder's expulsion from the Congress, PPCC secretaries Anil Dutta, Virender Sharma, Seth Satpal Mal and Amrit Khosla besides former secretary Satnam Bitta on Sunday said that by issuing statements against Bajwa, Amarinder had just followed the legacy of his family of "aligning with the opponents for pursuing selfish interests".

"Amarinder's family has a history of aligning with the Afghan rulers and the British. Now by issuing statements in favour of Badals, he is just following in the footsteps of his ancestors," Dutta said at a press conference here.

The PPCC secretaries alleged that Amarinder was favouring the ruling party just to settle the cases filed by the state government against him in the Ludhiana City Centre scam and the Amritsar land scandal.

"By saying that the CBI inquiry was not required into the Jagdish Bhola drug case, he has admitted that he is working for the Badals and not for the Congress," said the PPCC secretary, adding that whenever deprived of power and prominence, Amarinder was known for intimidating the party while trying to get his way.

The leaders alleged that at a time when an enthused Congress under Bajwa's leadership had put the ruling Badals on the backfoot on the drug trafficking case in which revenue minister Bikram Majithia's name had surfaced, Amarinder's stand had badly hit the party position.


"Such an unprecedented act of anti-party activity calls for strong action from the party high command and we demand that he be immediately expelled from the Congress. Or, the party workers would burn effigies of Amarinder to press the high command to expel him," said Sharma.

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