Suspended Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator from Amritsar (south) assembly segment Inderbir Singh Bolaria is yet to announce his future course of action and has not given any clue so far about his joining the Congress, but the local Congress leaders, led by Jagdeep Singh Rinku Narula, of the constituency have started opposing his proposed entry into the party.
Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh had made a statement a few days ago that if the ruling alliance’s rebel leaders, including Navjot Singh Sidhu, Pargat Singh and Bolaria wanted to join his party they were welcome.
Besides, there is another apprehension amongst the local Congress leaders that Captain may field him from the party in the upcoming state assembly polls of 2017.
Upset over this, the Punjab Congress Veopar Cell co-chairman Rinku Narula, who is also staking a claim to the party ticket from this constituency for the upcoming polls, along with 6 former councillors, two block presidents and 9 ward presidents, conducted a meeting with his supporters here.
Interacting with mediapersons after the meeting, he threatened the party leadership that they would revolt against the party decision if Bolaria is allotted the party ticket. “So far, being an MLA of the ruling party, he has committed atrocities against supporters of the Congress. Now, he is making efforts to join the Congress. We will not let him to join the party. If Captain accepts him in the party, we would not tolerate it and oppose him,” he said.
Replying to a query about the voice Bolaria is raising against the establishment of a solid waste management plant in the constituency, Narula alleged that he is just playing drama as he had got the project sanctioned from the state assembly. “The segment is in a state of neglect, but did not spend even a single penny from his fund to improve its condition,” he added.
Showing documents to mediapersons, former councillor Partap Singh said, “Besides many other people, he has been the victim of his excesses under which he used to encroach the land forcefully,” He did not only ruin the businesses of Congress party leaders, but also slapped false cases against them, alleged Joginderpal Ginda, another former councillor.
Urging the PPCC chief not to get him into the party fold, the Congress leaders said his joining would hit the reputation of the party in the segment. If he is fielded in the assembly elections, he would surely face major setback as even his close fellows have left him, now he is one-man show, they added, while daring him to contest the election as an independent candidate.
They said they would also meet Rahul Gandhi and Captain in this respect.