The Congress party has told its leaders that those having
grievances should speak at the party forum only, amid the war of words
between Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and former State
President and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa.
Congress in charge of Punjab Asha Kumari said, “Everyone who has
grievances against anybody should speak to party leaders and raise the
issue in party forums. Speaking to the press is not acceptable.”
Rajya Sabha MP Bajwa has attacked his own government over the recent
hooch tragedy, which claimed more than 100 lives. He has met the
Governor and demanded a CBI inquiry or an ED probe into the incidents.
He has also sought the removal of Amarinder Singh as the Punjab Chief
While, MP Shamsher Singh Dullo along with Bajwa had approached the
Governor demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or
Enforcement Department (ED) probe into the hooch tragedy.
According to IANS sources, close to the Chief Minister, Bajwa has
become irrelevant and wanted to show that he was also active in state
politics. Sources, however, said that the state will not go the Madhya
Pradesh or Rajasthan way as not a single MLA was going against the
party. The party also said that the Rajya Sabha MP was seeking public
State Congress chief Sunil Jakhar has written to the party leadership
and sought Bajwa’s removal. Sources say that the matter has been
referred to the disciplinary committee headed by former Defence Minister
The Punjab government has withdrawn the state police security of
Bajwa, to which the MP has responded saying, “Security is given to a
person for protection of his life and should not be a tool to browbeat
into submission. In any case, this trick will not work with me”.
Since 2013, the differences between Bajwa and Amarinder Singh exist
when he replaced Singh after two consecutive losses in the polls.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had on Sunday said, “The MPs
have raised some issues and it’s unfortunate that hard words were used
from both the sides, but the Chief Minister has said that he will take
strict action against the culprits.”
The hooch tragedy, which has claimed more than 100 lives in the three districts of Tarn Taran, Amritsar rural and Gurdaspur, happened last month, due to the manufacturing and sale of spurious liquor.