In a setback to All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Ashwani Sekhri, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has restored the membership of former general secretary of the Punjab Youth Congress Nitin Sharma, who was expelled from the party following a brawl with Sekhri during the Lok Sabha elections.
In a letter issued on July 15, 2014, PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa announced revoking of Sharma's expulsion from the party.
Sharma, who was aspiring to get the party ticket from Batala assembly constituency last elections, was not on good terms with Sekhri, who had been given the party ticket.
During Ram Navami Shoba Yatra on April 8, Sharma indulged in massive dispute with Sekhri causing a major embarrassment to the party.
Not only the supporters of both groups tried to manhandle each other, but their respective leaders did not hesitate to hurl abusive at and scuffled with each other in front of Bajwa and thousands of people present on the occasion.
Eyewitnesses said supporters of both the groups pushed each other, when some photojournalists were clicking Bajwa's picture. Later, the situation worsen when Sekhri and Sharma scuffled and started hurling abusive at each other and their supports started raising slogans in favour of their respective leaders.
Sensing the situation turning volatile, Bajwa's bodyguard took him out of the sobha yatra.
Later, both these leaders briefed the media separately and blamed each other for the entire mess.
However, Sekhri approached Bajwa and got Nitin Sharma expelled from the primary membership of the party.
Sharma was a close associate of Bajwa and during the last assembly elections, Bajwa had recommended his name for a ticket.