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Dissent in Congress: Punjab CM Amarinder makes strong defense at meeting with AICC panel | India News


NEW DELHI: After listening to complaints from elected representatives of Congress for three days, the AICC panel investigating dissent in the Punjab unit encountered strong counter-defense from Prime Minister Amarinder Singh.
Singh, who refuted point-by-point issues raised by party leaders, assured the panel that he will take further steps to strengthen the party’s position in the February 2022 assembly elections. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined the party. meeting via videoconference.
While the CM cryptically told reporters that the discussions concerned internal issues and preparations for the polls, it emerged that the three-hour marathon session revolved around the Punjab satrap’s clarification on issues raised by members of the match. Some of the issues raised included Bagrari’s sacrilege, the drug investigation, claims that party members were ignored in local works and transfers, and the perception of Singh’s bland attitude towards Akali Dal and the family. Badal.
Singh, who entered the room armed with files and documents, gave a list of the bloc’s development officers, DySP (police officers) and SMO (medical officers) posted during his tenure on the recommendation of individual MLAs. He also reportedly referred to “issues” related to certain people in his areas to reject the vendetta allegations.
For the panel, headed by veteran Mallikarjun Kharge, which also includes AICC Secretary General Harish Rawat and Delhi Senior Leader JP Aggarwal, Captain Singh is said to have clarified that a strong FIR was presented on the controversy of the sacrilege, but the government had a limited role in the courts.
In addition, Singh referred to the new SIT constituted with a period of six months to investigate the case.
The sacrilege case has become the flash of grievances against the Singh administration, with dissidents Navjot Sidhu and MP Partap Singh Bajwa raising it to allege that the state treats Badals like a child’s glove.
Bajwa said the government should conclude in a month the sacrilege case and the two police investigations into the illegal trafficking of narcotics during the Akali regime that are pending in the high court. “The priority must be to save Congress, not the prime minister,” he said.
But Singh denied being easy on Badals, apparently arguing that he led the fight against the Akalis to come to power. The joining of the three AAP MLAs to Congress two days ago was cited as proof that even outsiders believe in his administration against the Akalis.
The Punjab CM has lately argued with party leaders that the top leadership should control public dissent, as it could harm Congress in the future.
Apparently, sources in Congress indicated that some more administrative actions can be initiated to dispel the perception of the drug case.
The Kharge committee will send its investigative report to the head of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, after which there may be an organizational restructuring and a cabinet reshuffle in Punjab.

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