PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa (left) and former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh.
Amarinder, Bajwa in fresh war of words
appointed the state chief as reported in a section of the media.
Bajwa said his statement on Amarinder — made at a press conference during his tour to meet farmers in the cotton belt in Fazilka — was “totally distorted and presented out of its context.”
Stating that he would never support Captain in any capacity, Bajwa said: “Amarinder has committed a grave indiscipline by attacking party vice-president Rahul Gandhi twice. He must unconditionally and publicly apologise to Rahul,” he said. Bajwa went on to add that there is also speculation about him floating a new party.
“He must categorically rebut such speculations after offering an apology. As a loyal and disciplined soldier of the party, every leader and activist was duty bound to unquestioningly abide every decision of the high command as this was basic to the functioning of the oldest party in the country whose sole objective is total commitment to the people and he was no exception,” Bajwa added.
Amarinder was quick to deliver a hot-headed retort. In a press statement, the former CM said who cares about Bajwa’s “simian somersaults.”
Captain, who was engaged in a verbal duel with Bajwa before leaving for the UK and had accused the state Congress chief of showing “schizophrenic symptoms”, said Bajwa should keep his “unsolicited opinions to himself when he knows that nobody takes him seriously”.
Referring to the “two contrary statements in a span of two days,” Amarinder said, “It is so characteristic of Bajwa to frequently resort to simian somersaults, thus vindicating the popular belief that he is mentally and intellectually not equipped to hold the position he is desperately trying to cling to. He always tries to get wiser in the hindsight by undoing the next day what he has done the previous day.”
Though the Captain reiterated that it is sole prerogative of the Congress president to appoint the PCC president, he fired yet another salvo at Bajwa saying, “By the way who asked for his support, when whole of Punjab has already made its choice unambiguously clear.”