CHANDIGARH, May 24: Former Chief Minister and Congress Working Committee Member Capt Amarinder Singh today revealed that the PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and his brother Fateh Bajwa had tried to sabotage his campaign in Amritsar and they had specifically visited the city and were telling people to oppose him.
For this, he added, he had to call Fateh and warn him against meddling and sabotaging his campaign in Amritsar. He said, he had kept quiet so far only in the interest of the party. However, he added, he was forced to reveal it now since some senior leaders were unnecessarily being targeted and blamed for none of their faults. “It is rather a case of kettle calling the pot black”, he remarked.
He also asked, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee GK Chatrath whether he could initiate any action against the PCC president and his brother for this act of sabotage.
Disclosing this here today, Capt Amarinder revealed that during the campaign he got to know that the two Bajwa brothers had come to Amritsar and were telling people to oppose him or at least not to support him. He disclosed that he called Fateh Bajwa right at that moment only and asked him that the two brothers must keep away from Amritsar.
He said, while both the brothers were very much in Amritsar, Fateh claimed that he was bed-ridden while his brother was in Gurdaspur while as a matter of fact they were very much present in Amritsar.
Having a dig at Chatrath for claiming to enforce discipline in the PCC, Capt Amarinder asked him whether he could initiate similar disciplinary proceedings against Bajwa brothers like he had tried to do with two PCC vice presidents.
The former Chief Minister also advised Chatrath not to breach his brief by making comments that why he did not resign in 2004 when he was the Chief Minister and Congress only won two seats from Punjab. First of all he as the chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee cannot become the party himself by asking such questions, he pointed out, while adding, this action can cost him (Chatrath) his job.
Second, Capt Amarinder asked, how does Chatrath know what happened in 2004 after the election results and what transpired between him (Capt Amarinder) and the Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi?
“From his words and deeds it is obvious as whose bidding he (Chatrath) is doing”, Capt Amarinder pointed out, while adding, “he must stick to his brief lest his brief stands withdrawn.”