Punjab minister for information and public relations Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday said it was for certain that Partap Singh Bajwa would soon be “removed” as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.
Majithia was addressing a press conference at Babbehali, 5km from here, where he had inaugurated a three-day Babbehali ‘Chhinjh’.
Majithia said there was “no weight” in Bajwa’s announcement that he would observe fast-unto-death from November 16 if the cane crushing was not started and the arrears of the sugarcane growers were not released by sugar mills in Punjab by November 15.
Majithia said “If Bajwa observes fast-unto-death from November 16, it will be his political compulsion, as he wants to call Congress president Sonia Gandhi to Punjab to save his party post that is in danger.”
Majithia questioned Bajwa’s selection of Mukerian for staging dharna in favour of the farmers on Friday, while the farmers of Gurdaspur district had the same problem.
Majithia said no Congress leader or MLA from his own district supported Bajwa.
Majithia said Bajwa and the Congress had never been sympathiser of Punjab farmers, and it was a time-tested fact and known to all that the interests of the farmers were safe in the hands of SAD patron and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal only.
Replying to a query, Majithia said it was not mere a speculation that Peoples’ Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal was joining the Congress, rather it was a fact that would shortly come out. “We have been stating since the birth of the PPP that it is the ‘B’ team of the Congress,” he added.
Majithia pointed out while forming the PPP at the memorial of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at Khatkarh Kalan in 2012, Manpreet had taken an oath that he would join neither the SAD nor the Congress.
He asked Manpreet how he could join the Congress, which was “responsible for imposing emergency for the massacre of Sikhs during operation Bluestar in 1984 and for the army attack on Sri Harmandar Sahib”.
The minister said the people of Punjab would never forgive the Congress for its “anti-Punjab” policies and actions.
He also lauded the Punjab Police for liquidating the three Pakistani terrorists, who had attacked the Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district on July 27.