Congress MLA from Rajasansi, Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria, is all set to join the campaign of former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency.
Sarkaria, an Amarinder loyalist, had been lying low since September last year after shooting off a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi criticising the leadership of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee ( PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa. He was sent a showcause notice by the party high command for his anti-Bajwa utterances in his September 29 letter, which he released to the media.
In the letter, he had claimed that Bajwa had links with terrorists during the days of militancy in Punjab. He had demanded that the Punjab leadership be handed back to Amarinder as he was the best man to lead the party in the Lok Sabha polls.
Now that Amarinder has entered the electoral fray, Sarkaria is keen to grab this opportunity to return to active politics and help the person who had helped shape his political career. Sarkaria is still among the most loyal supporters of Amarinder in the Majha region.
Congress sources told HT on Sunday that a meeting took place between Amarinder and Sarkaria at Chandigarh on Saturday night. Party MLAs Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa ( Fatehgarh Churian ) and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa ( Dera Baba Nanak ) we r e present in the meeting.
Though Sarkaria could not be contacted in this regard, Randhaw a confirmed the Chandigarh meeting and said, “Sarkaria is part of the Congress and he has the highest respect for Maharaja Sahib”.
Since September, Sarkaria had not taken part in any meeting or programme of Bajwa that had taken place in the Majha region. Sarkaria’s main grouse against Bajwa was the appointment of Amritsar Central MLA OP Soni as vice-president of the PPCC and incharge of the Majha belt.
Sarkaria had accused Soni for working against him during the 2012 assembly polls, which he won from Rajasansi.