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Youth Cong leader says Capt weakening party

Youth Congress leader Shalinderjit Singh Shelly has alleged that PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh was 'encouraging dissident activity' within the party. He has also requested party president Sonia Gandhi to immediately announce Amarinder's announcement before he does 'more damage' to the party in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Sep 06, 2012 19:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Youth Congress leader Shalinderjit Singh Shelly has alleged that Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Captain Amarinder Singh was 'encouraging dissident activity' within the party. He has also requested party president Sonia Gandhi to immediately announce Amarinder's announcement before he does 'more damage' to the party in Punjab.


Shelly is purportedly upset at the fact that Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia has been given the responsibility of organising a workers meeting of the party to be held at Majitha on September 11.

Lalli Majithia had rebelled against the party and had contested as an independent from Majitha in the January assembly polls. He was expelled for six years, but was taken back only after two months of expulsion.

Shelly was the Congress candidate from Majitha in the assembly and ranked a poor third. He even lost his security deposit. Since then, he claims to have been consigned to a lonely position in the Congress' organisational hierarchy and had been left to fend for himself.

The September 11 meeting is important for the PPCC chief as it will be held in the constituency of public relations and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia. The meeting was earlier scheduled for September 9, but was postponed after the Capt was scheduled to attend a meeting at Chandigarh. A former president of the rural wing of the Amritsar district Youth Congress, Shelly was among the six youth leaders from the state, hand-picked by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi to contest the assembly polls.

"The PPCC did not even think of extending an invitation to me for the September 11 meeting. Under Captain Singh, loyal workers are humiliated while rebels are first expelled and then brought back and even rewarded with important tasks," he said while addressing the media here on Thursday.

He maintained that he would go to the meeting, only if invited. However, he will try to meet the PPCC chief after the workers meeting to air his grievances.

He will also participate in Friday's dharna outside the office of the deputy commissioner to protest against the new taxes administered by the government.

He added that the rural wing of the Amritsar district Congress committee had intimated him about the dharna.

Shelly also added that he would try and meet Rahul Gandhi and other senior Youth Congress leaders to 'expose' Capt Singh and demand his removal as PPCC chief. He said that the policy of taking back rebels who had contested the assembly polls against the official party candidates, would only encourage dissident activity and create indiscipline, which could harm the Congress.

"The high-command must remove Capt Singh to save the party or else the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 will go the assembly way in Punjab."

First Published: Sep 06, 2012 19:40 IST