Several women Congress MLAs on Wednesday criticised senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal for her remark that former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh discriminated against women leaders.
They also questioned Bhattal's moral authority in accusing Amarinder of having got support from Akalis in the Amritsar election when "she herself was known to have won from Lehragaga assembly segment with the Akali help".
In a joint statement, legislators Karan Kaur Brar, Aruna Chaudhary, Harchand Kaur, Preneet Kaur and Guriqbal Kaur expressed surprise over Bhattal's remarks, wondering whether she realised what she was talking about.
"It is unbecoming of a senior leader to resort to the gender discrimination charge against Amarinder when she herself had enjoyed all perks of power under his chief ministership," they observed while advising her to observe restraint while issuing statements.
Questioning Bhattal's credentials with regard to her dealings with the Akalis, the Congress MLAs reminded her of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's statement in the Vidhan Sabha where he had told her that she had become an MLA because of him.
They also reminded her of the withdrawal of the corruption case pending against her by the Akali government, while Amarinder who had been slapped two cases was still facing the trial. "It is common knowledge in Punjab as to who from the Congress has an understanding and plays friendly matches with the Akalis," they said.