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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Fragmented protest by divided Congress

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, January 16, 2014
First Published: 19:51 IST(16/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:51 IST(16/1/2014)

A divided Congress house came out with a fragmented agitation on Thursday against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia's alleged drug links.

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The dharna and Chakka Jam (traffic blockade) protests at three or four places here pulled the party workers into different directions. If one group led by district party president Pawan Dewan blocked traffic at the Jalandhar bypass from 11am to 1pm, another under the command of legislator Bharat Bhushan Ashu staged a dharna from noon to 2pm on the Ferozepur road near Nanaksar Gurdwara.

The public, however, supported the Congress protest, and even as they were stuck, some commuters said the demonstration should continue in state capital Chandigarh. Nearly 500 Congressmen rallied behind Pawan Dewan, former minister Rakesh Pandey, and party leader Amarjit Singh Tikka, demanding the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry against Majithia.

Ashu's group included Punjab Congress Beopar Cell co-chairman Jatinderpal Singh Bedi, councillor Sanjay Talwar, and party leaders Ishwarjot Cheema and Dhruv Aggarwal. Vikram Bajwa, son-in-law of former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, led his supporters to block the Jamalpur road from noon to 2pm, while Malkit Singh Dakha and other leaders, including Manjit Singh Hambran, Tanvir Singh Rania, and Paramjit Singh
Ghawaddi, demonstrated for two hours at Dehlon.

The Congressmen also block traffic on the Malerkotla road.

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