Dinner diplomacy: Chaudhary Santokh Singh's attempt to bring Congress flock together

Dinner diplomacy: Chaudhary Santokh Singh's attempt to bring Congress flock together

Message of unity: Congress Legislative Party leader Partap Bajwa and other Doaba-based Congress leaders at the residence of Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh on Thursday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 15

In an apparent bid to bring together all senior party leaders, Jalandhar Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh hosted a dinner for all party leaders of the Doaba at his place last evening wherein the new CLP leader Partap Singh Bajwa remained the key invitee.

The dinner was also to host a treat since the victory of the MP’s son Vikramjit Chaudhary from Phillaur Assembly seat. Among those who reached the MP’s place were Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh, deputy CLP leader Dr Raj Kumar Chabbewal, Shahkot MLA Hardev Singh Laddi, Adampur MLA Sukhwinder Singh Kotli, Phagwara MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, Jalandhar Mayor Jagdish Raja, former minister Amarjit Singh Samra, former MLAs Sushil Rinku, Chaudhary Surinder Singh and Rajinder Beri, and Congress candidate from Nakodar constituency Dr Navjot Singh Dahiya.

Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh has gone abroad. Among others who remained conspicuous by their absent were three leaders who do not go along well with Rana – Bholath MLA Sukhpal S Khaira, Jalandhar North MLA Bawa Henry and ex-MLA Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Cheema.

Bajwa said: “It was our attempt to bring all leaders under one roof. It takes time and we will surely bring them all together. I will come to Jalandhar again tomorrow and will be visiting the residence of ex-minister Avtar Henry and his son Bawa Henry.”

Vikram Chaudhary said: “Some leaders were not available locally and so could not come.” On the issues discussed over the dinner, he said: “Our focus was on how to take on the Aam Aadmi Party government for its governance failures, especially in the wake of Local Bodies elections by the yearend. The future roadmap of the Congress party in Punjab and the performance of the AAP government in the last one month too were issues that came up.”

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