The Punjab Congress on Friday refuted the allegations laid by its former spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira and said his moving to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was “good riddance”.
Punjab Congress senior vice-president Lal Singh issued a statement here that he would file a defamation suit against Khaira for targeting him even after the Supreme Court had acquitted him. He accused Khaira of being land grabber, saying his current house in Chandigarh belonged to the father of a popular film actress, and Khaira had grabbed that property. He ridiculed Khaira’s statement that he had been offered the position of Congress national spokesperson. “Khaira is claiming it to simply bargain for some position in the AAP,” he added.
About Khaira’s allegations, Lal Singh said: “The party wonders how Khaira started seeing all these faults with the Congress leadership only on December 1. He had issued a statement hailing the appointment of Captain Amarinder Singh as the state party president, saying it was the beginning of the end of the Akali regime.” People such as Khaira could never be happy in any political party, said the Congress leader, pointing out that the AAP was Khaira’s third party after the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress.
“Khaira is an outright opportunist, whose ambition is disproportionate to his capabilities and standing. His only claim to fame is shooting statements for personal publicity more than for any good,” he added. Pointing out that Khaira had lost three assembly elections, Lal Singh said: “A leader’s worth is judged by the number of elections he or she has won; and Khaira has a hat-trick of rejections, to which a fourth defeat will be added in 2017.”
He quoted Khaira as having said only three weeks ago that “people expect a decisive Captain Amarinder Singh to put Punjab back to its glorious past... I warmly welcome his appointment as PPCC (Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (SGPC ) president”.