Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday revealed that to give a fresh and dynamic look to the state Congress, the PPCC would be re-constituted within a week, for which the list of names had already been submitted to the party high command.
"The list of the names for re-constituting the PPCC has already been submitted to party president Sonia Gandhi and the final clearance is expected in a couple of days," Bajwa told Hindustan Times.
Even all district units of the party would also be re-constituted, for which the party high command had already given the nod.
Taking a serious note of the recent outbursts against him by Raja Sansi MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Bajwa said indiscipline in the party would be dealt with a stern hand for which the disciplinary committee of the state Congress was being constituted.
When asked whether his inaction against such an indiscipline did not project him as a "weak PPCC chief", Bajwa said, "Our party is not a private limited company like the SAD; here, every decision is taken by the party high command, which has already been apprised of the episode."
Meanwhile, sources close to Bajwa alleged that Sarkaria was about to switch loyalty to the SAD, for which he had a secret meeting with Bikram Singh Majithia. As the "information" reached veteran Majha Akali leader Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, he lodged a strong protest with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, which led to stalling of the move, they alleged.
Without naming former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Bajwa said, "It is difficult for some people to understand that the days of Maharaja type of politics were over and now in frustration they were engineering indiscipline in the party."
"Whenever we try to strengthen the party in the state, some party leaders try to pull us down through their disgruntled efforts," he added.
Regarding the call of People's Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Badal for posing a united opposition against the ruling alliance, Bajwa said, "Rather it was I who advocated the idea of a united opposition, including the PPP, CPI, CPM and the BSP, for which talks will be initiated soon."
On the possibility of Manpreet contesting from the Bathinda seat with support of the Congress, Bajwa said there was a lot of opposition from local leaders to Manpreet's candidature from Bathinda. "We will have to keep in mind the views of the local leaders and only then decide a suitable candidate."