Capt & company ready to bury the hatchet with Bajwa for Lok Sabha polls
Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh is ready to bury the hatchet with PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, at least till the Lok Sabha polls, in the larger interest of the Congress.chandigarh Updated: Feb 04, 2014 00:22 IST
Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh is ready to bury the hatchet with PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, at least till the Lok Sabha polls, in the larger interest of the Congress.
This is what seems to have come out from the high tea meeting which Amarinder hosted on Monday for his supporters at Congress MLA Arvind Khanna's residence at Sector 10 here.
Sources in the party said the rebel MLAs agreed to call truce with Bajwa on the initiative taken by union IB minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari and senior Congress leader Ambika Soni.
Both Tewari and Soni had asked Amarinder to bury his differences with Bajwa as a fragmented Congress could prove detrimental for the interest of the party and could mar its performance in the Lok Sabha polls to a large extent.
Sources said Amarinder and the other rebel MLAs who were present at the meeting agreed to the suggestion by the two senior leaders and they also did not want to be held solely responsible in case of a poor performance of the party in the polls.
Bajwa, when contacted, said he was unaware of any such meeting taking place at Khanna's place, adding that if it had actually taken place, it was a welcome move for the unity of the party.
Other rebel leaders and Amarinder loyalists who were present at the meeting included Rana Gurjit Singh, Rana Kaypee, Ramanjit Singh Sikki and Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa.
There were also present other Congress supporters who owed their allegiance to Amarinder and his leadership.
On two earlier occasions, AICC general secretary and in-charge Punjab affairs Shakeel Ahmed had hosted a luncheon meeting in Delhi and had also arranged a coffee meeting in Chandigarh between Amarinder and Bajwa to bury their political differences. However, both times the efforts turned futile.