Thursday, July 20, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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Chinks in Cong leadership show
From Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

ABULKHURANA (Muktsar), July 19 — Differences within the PPCC came to fore here today when the PPCC president, Capt Amarinder Singh, said the activities of MP and senior vice-president Jagmeet Brar would harm the interests and prospects of the party in the next Vidhan Sabha elections.

Making an indirect reference to the efforts being made by Mr Brar to become president of the state unit of the Congress, Capt Amarinder Singh said he could welcome anyone who became president of the state unit of the party. But the person aspiring for this post should approach active members of the party instead of raising the issue in public gatherings, he added.

Regarding the “undeclared” boycott of today’s rally held at Malout by Congress workers owing allegiance to Mr Brar, Capt Amarinder Singh said only those Congress leaders who had no love for their party workers and no concern about the atrocities being committed on them had not participated in the rally.

When asked whether the “Garib Kisan mahapanchayat”, which was to be held by Mr Brar in Muktsar district in September, would be PPCC’s function or not, he said the PPCC had not decided to hold any such function and no other Congress leader would be allowed to hold such a panchayat under the banner of the Congress without the consent of party high command.

While talking to mediapersons, Capt Amarinder Singh said Mr Brar had not approached the PPCC for taking permission to organise the mahapanchayat.

When asked why the Congress leaders and workers loyal to him had not participated in the gherao of Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on June 30 organised by Mr Brar, he said Mr Brar had organised the gherao in his individual capacity as an MP and it was not PPCC’s programme. He added that Mr Brar, however, could not succeed in his gherao programme.

When asked why certain senior Congress leaders had not participated in the PPCC’s emergency meeting held at Chandigarh in the recent past, Mr Amarinder Singh said certain leaders, including some MPs, could not attend the meeting as they could not be informed about the meeting well in time and there was no other reason for their absence.

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