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Miffed seniors not to attend Punjab Cong meet
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 5
The Congress high command’s warning to Punjab leaders against making their differences “public” may have the desired impact of silencing party office-bearers participating in the special meeting tomorrow, but fissures in the party will be clearly visible with general secretary Jagmohan Singh Kang and secretary Jagdarshan Kaur announcing that they will not attend the meeting.

“The party high command will keep an eagle’s eye on the meeting tomorrow. We will see how the state leadership responds to the question of preparing for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections so as to gauge local leaders’ involvement in the exercise,” a senior party leader said.

The state executive of the party is scheduled to meet after a month tomorrow and a number of leaders have openly announced that there was no question of their attending the meeting as they had already tendered their resignations.

Fourteen vice-presidents, 35 general secretaries, 61 secretaries and 27 district presidents are likely to attend the meeting to chalk out a strategy on modelling party’s election campaign on various core issues, including drug menace, unemployment and better status for women.

Party MLA and three-time former minister Jagmohan Singh Kang has announced that he would not attend the PPCC meeting. “I cannot let the oldest and the committed Congress workers to be sidelined just because they did not dance to the tunes of Pratap Singh Bajwa. I will go to Delhi tomorrow to meet Rahul Gandhi to sound him that in case no steps were taken to allow graceful participation to seniors in the party affairs, the situation would be one of ‘lamhon ne khata ki, sadion ne saza paiee’ (a momentary lapse can cost heavy to future generations),” he said.

Former president of the Moga district Congress Jagdarshan Kaur said, “Newcomers have been given important positions like district presidents, while top leaders have been ignored. Trust me, many senior leaders are terribly upset with the current arrangement and this will show up very soon.”

Three-time MLA from Samrala Amrik Singh Dhillon said, “I have already submitted my resignation, so there is no question of attending the meeting. A number of seniors are miffed at being ignored despite having spent their lives serving the party. Newcomers such as Jagbir Singh (Jalandhar) have been appointed district presidents, while seniors have been ignored.”

Member of Parliament Tript Rajinder Bajwa, who has also submitted his resignation, said, “The executive meeting has not been called as yet, so there is no question of my going tomorrow. Moreover, I have already submitted my resignation from the executive. We expect the party high command to initiate an appropriate action soon.”

Amloh MLA Randeep Singh Nabha said, “Unfortunately, party leaders have been expressing their differences publicly. These issues should have been raised and discussed on party platforms. The high command has taken notice of these happenings, and we expect better sense to prevail among party leaders.” 





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