India: Congress divided over Bajwa’s `no ticket to turncoats’ stance


By Vibhor Mohan | November 10, 2016 | The Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa’s statement that turncoats joining the party should not be given assembly election tickets has divided the party’s Punjab unit.

While loyalists of Punjab Congress Captain Amarinder Singh urged Bajwa to refrain from interfering in matters that are the “party leadership’s privilege”, those backing him pointed out that he had only reiterated a resolution adopted by the All India Congress Committee (AICC).

Punjab Congress leaders Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria and Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa “lambasted” Bajwa for his remarks on ticket allocation. Batala MLA and Congress secretary Ashwani Sekhri, Qadian MLA Charanjit Kaur Bajwa and Inderjit Singh Randhawa, a permanent invitee of the PPCC, came in Bajwa’s defence. “Bajwa had no business meddling in ticket-related matters and should concentrate on his work. As a seasoned politician, he should know where to draw the line,” they said. “He should stick to his pri mary task of nurturing his constituency and helping take the Punjab Congress’s campaign instead of indulging in issuing statements on matters that are beyond the realm of his pro file,” said the statement.


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