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Shakeel Ahmad tries to unite Punjab Congress leaders

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, August 27, 2013
First Published: 23:00 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:48 IST(28/8/2013)

Congress general secretary and Punjab party affairs incharge Shakeel Ahmad held separate meetings with former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Jakhar on Tuesday morning and later in the evening with Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa in New Delhi.

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The exercise was aimed at resolving issues which emerged after Amarinder's allegations against Bajwa on "exceeding his brief as state party unit chief". Both groups were told to take on the Parkash Singh Badal government unitedly.

Speaking to Hindustan Times on the phone, Ahmad denied factionalism in the party. "I discussed all issues with senior leaders Amarinder, Jakhar and Bajwa. Everything is settled. In case of any confusion, we may deliberate on the party platform. There are standing instructions for party leaders not to rush to the media over the party's internal matters. The Congress is a united house," he said.

On Amarinder's plans to hold rallies in Punjab to strengthen the party cadre, Ahmad clarified that the rallies would be held as per the state Congress' plans. "All state leaders will participate in these rallies and none will organise separate programmes. The united leadership will emerge on the political scene within two days. On August 31, the Punjab Congress will hold a rally to mark the martyrdom day of former CM Beant Singh in Chandigarh. The entire state leadership, besides myself, will attend the programme," he asserted.

"Congress rallies are getting a good response at the grassroots level and we will further garner public support against the Akali-BJP government," Ahmad said.

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