Cong's 'Christian face' questions PPCC list

Updated on Jan 02, 2014 11:42 PM IST

Kanwal Bakshi, a Congress leader belonging to the Christian community, on Thursday questioned as why he had been left out of the new list of the Punjab Congress Committee office-bearers.

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Hindustan Times | By, Gurdaspur

Kanwal Bakshi, a Congress leader belonging to the Christian community, on Thursday questioned as why he had been left out of the new list of the Punjab Congress Committee office-bearers.

A former member of the Punjab State Subordinate Service Selection Board (PSSSB), Bakshi said he held various organisational posts in the state Congress. He said he was the president of the United Christian Front, Punjab, and had organised state-level Christian gatherings for former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa to win support of the community for the party.

Bakshi said in 2006 he was the first Christian leader who led a deputation to meet the Punjab chief minister to demand a state minority commission which was later formed and now an Akali leader Monawar Masih heads it.
Bakshi said he always safeguarded the interests of the Christian community and was the most acceptable leader to them in Punjab.

There were 39 assembly segments in Punjab with 15-35 per cent Christian vote bank and 31 assembly constituencies with 8-14 per cent of Christian votes, he claimed. Bakshi wondered how his services to the Congress party were ignored by PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa.

Gurdaspur: Kanwal Bakshi, a Congress leader belonging to the Christian community, on Thursday questioned as why he had been left out of the new list of the Punjab Congress Committee office-bearers.

A former member of the Punjab State Subordinate Service Selection Board (PSSSB), Bakshi said he held various organisational posts in the state Congress. He said he was the president of the United Christian Front, Punjab, and had organised state-level Christian gatherings for former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa to win support of the community for the party.

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