Irked over denial of party tickets to some of his supporters for the Gurdaspur municipal elections, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) member Raman Bahl on Monday lashed out at PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa stating that Bajwa had acted either as the blind Dhritrashtra of Mahabharta or as the custodian of the land grabbers.
Bahl pointed out that Bajwa had allotted a ticket to one Sanjeev Kumar alias Bantu, who had allegedly grabbed the land of Mai Wala Talab Mandir, for ward 15 ignoring the party loyalist Ramesh Kumar.
Bahl said that similarly Bajwa denied ticket to ex-municipal councillor and Congressman Balwinder Singh from ward 23 making outsider Harmeet Singh alias Goldy the official candidate.
Bahl said that Hardeep Singh and Surjit Singh were also denied party tickets from ward number 20 and 5 respectively.
Bahl declared that now all of these leaders would contest elections from their respective wards as independents.
Bahl said that to protest over the denial of a party ticket to him, general secretary of the Gurdaspur district Congress committee, Hardeep Singh Bedi, has tendered his resignation to DCC president and Dera Baba Nanak MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.
Bahl accused Bajwa of flouting party rules while distributing party tickets for municipal elections.
Bahl said that Bajwa himself had issued a circular dated January 29,2015 stating that screening committees comprising of district incharge, DCC president, MLA/candidate, block observer and concerned block presidents were constituted at all levels to recommend names of prospective candidates.
However, not a single meeting of the so-called screening committees was held in Gurdaspur district regarding recommendation of names of candidates for MC elections.
Bahl alleged that the decisions taken by Bajwa in the allotment of party tickets to candidates for municipal elections in Gurdaspur would prove ruinous for the party, besides discouraging party loyalists.