Alleging "discrimination" at the hands of Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, two more leaders have resigned from his new team in the state.
Malkit Singh Birmi and Rakesh Pandey, executive members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), on Friday forwarded their resignations to All-India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, demanding orders for reconstituting the PPCC. In a joint statement issued here, they accused Bajwa of promoting greenhorns and the rich over dedicated old workers.
Birmi and Pandey played safe with words when asked if they wanted the party high command to replace the state Congress president. "It is for the AICC president and vice-president to decide but, as loyalists, it is our duty to report the malpractices," said Birmi. The leaders said the Congress was losing ground in Punjab because the top leaders in the state had failed to take the workers along.
Birmi was upset that workers who had spent less than three years in the party had received important offices. "In the last assembly elections, people who had joined the Congress only a few months before won the ticket and now newcomers have taken coveted posts in the party," Birmi added. The leaders said they would stick with the Congress, nevertheless.
Ishwarjot Cheema, Sunil Kapoor, Dhruv Aggarwal, Major Singh Bhaini, Amarjit Singh Tikka, Darshi, besides legislators Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Surinder Dawar, are other Congressmen from the region who have been put on the PCC.