Tuesday, May 30, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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Kairon ‘in league’ with Badal
From Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

AMRITSAR, May 29 — Capt Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress, has alleged that the Kairon brothers (Mr Surinder Singh Kairon and his younger brother Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon) are hand-in-glove with Mr Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, and want to harm the party before crucial “mid-term elections”.

Talking to TNS on the phone, Capt Amarinder Singh said Mr Harcharan Singh Hero, Chairman, Disciplinary Action Committee of the PPCC, could initiate action against Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon for violating party discipline and levelling “baseless charges” against him (Amarinder) and other party leaders. He described Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon as a “rootless” leader without a mass base and said Gurinder Kairon's claim of opposing his elder brother Surinder Singh Kairon in Tarn Taran Parliamentary constituency merely to the Congress flag flying was in fact “high-level drama” to keep the seat in the family.

To a specific question, Capt Amarinder Singh said Mr Kairon started speaking against him when he (Capt Amarinder Singh) strongly criticised his elder brother Mr Surinder Kairon while addressing a protest dharna at Tarn Taran recently for being instrumental in registering false cases against his political opponent in Tarn Taran Parliamentary constituency with the help of the police.

“I had made it clear that Mr Surinder Singh Kairon would not be allowed to rejoin the Congress again” Capt Amarinder Singh said his speech against the elder Kairon may have hurt Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon compelling him to speak against me. Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon reiterated that he had been fighting against his elder brother as he was a ‘true Congress man’ and said Capt Amarinder Singh should not have used the words “Kairon police” while addressing a protest dharna at Tarn Taran as it termed the entire family. Captain should have criticised the police not the family he said.

Reacting to the charges of the PPCC chief, Mr Gurinder Singh Kairon said Capt Amarinder Singh, allegations were “baseless”.

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