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‘One blind man is taking the help of another blind man in the party’

Demanding that his successor Partap Singh Bajwa be replaced as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, deputy leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh claims the PPCC is being run by two ‘defeated’ leaders, Bajwa and secretary in-charge for Punjab, Harish Chaudhary.

chandigarh Updated: Oct 10, 2014 08:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

HT: You are demanding that Bajwa be replaced as the PPCC chief. You also blame Harish Chaudhary for doing Bajwa’s bidding?

Amarinder: Bajwa has been arbitrarily removing elected district and block Congress committee presidents. He says he is doing so at the recommendation of party president Sonia Gandhi. How does the party president know about a block or district president? It is the PPCC chief who is making the recommendation. He stands isolated in the party and now calls Harish Chaudhary for help. Both have been routed in the Lok Sabha elections. Bajwa lost all nine assembly segments, including his wife’s constituency. Harish lost his deposit from his seat in Rajasthan. One blind man is taking the help of another blind man.

You accuse Bajwa of not getting along with party leaders and MLAs. Many of them also wanted your removal when you were the PPCC chief.

Why have those demanding my removal become my friends again? They have made the comparison and seen the difference and are now supporting me. Unlike Bajwa, I get along with everyone. He is the only one I do not get along with.

Has party president Sonia Gandhi offered that you take over from Bajwa?

I had given my views on Bajwa in a letter to her even before his name was announced as the PPCC chief. I have again given her feedback on the sentiments of Congress leaders and workers in Punjab on Bajwa after returning back from the UK. It is up to her to decide who can lead the Punjab Congress. There are many who are capable of doing so.

First Published: Oct 10, 2014 08:53 IST