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Amarinder Singh stated the one strain he had been below for the previous few months was that of his personal loyalty to the Congress, due to which he continued to tolerate insult after insult

Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat on Friday stated Amarinder Singh’s “proximity” with BJP leaders like Amit Shah places a query mark on his secular credentials, prompting the latter to lash out solely hours later saying that the feedback have been spurred by the “pathetic scenario” the celebration was in at present.

What Rawat stated

Alleging that the previous Punjab chief minister was enjoying into the arms of individuals with whom he had no ideological ties, Rawat stated Singh ought to have stood with the Congress management to save lots of democracy.

In a no-holds-barred assault on Singh, Rawat stated he didn’t hold his guarantees on necessary points, together with the Bagari sacrilege incident regardless of steady reminders from his colleagues and the celebration management.

“Born out of his stubbornness”, Singh was of the assumption that he doesn’t want any recommendation from anybody, together with MLAs, ministers and celebration management, he stated.

Rawat claimed {that a} majority of Congress Punjab MLAs had expressed dissatisfaction on Singh’s functioning and plenty of steered he get replaced.

On Singh’s assembly with Shah, he informed a press convention in Dehradun: “His proximity with Amit Shah and another BJP leaders places his secular credentials doubtful.”

Rawat suggested Singh to not stroll into the BJP’s entice and and grow to be its “mukhauta” (masks) in Punjab.

“There’s a normal notion all through Punjab that Singh and the Badals (opposition SAD) are serving to one another and have a secret understanding. I all the time politely steered him to take motion on our election guarantees. Not less than 5 instances I mentioned these points with Singh however with no end result,” he stated.

Rebutting Singh’s assertion that he’ll depart the Congress as he has been “totally humiliated”, Rawat stated the celebration all the time gave him respect.

“The humiliation principle is being furthered below somebody’s strain,” he stated, including that Singh shouldn’t both immediately or not directly assist the BJP which is “anti-Punjab and anti-farmers”.

“Singh was Punjab Congress president thrice and chief minister twice. Is it humiliation? He ought to examine himself with senior celebration leaders who had obtained a lot lower than him when it comes to alternatives,” the previous Uttarakhand chief minister stated.

“At a time when the nation faces the problem of saving democracy, Singh ought to have stood with (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi and strengthened her combat to save lots of democratic values as an alternative of enjoying into the arms of people who find themselves utilizing his so-called humiliation for political causes,” Rawat stated.

Referring to the selecting of a brand new Congress Legislature Celebration (CLP) chief, Rawat stated, “What has been executed (having a brand new chief in Channi) is in a technique to defend his (Singh) honour and to enhance prospects of the Congress in Punjab.”

Speaking of Singh’s second time period as chief minister, Rawat stated regardless of reminders from his colleagues and management, Singh didn’t hold his guarantees on necessary points just like the Bargari sacrilege incident and medicines menace.

The sacrilege difficulty was mishandled by Singh’s trusted lieutenants, he alleged, including “in cupboard conferences there have been heated discussions on it and plenty of outstanding ministers got here to Delhi with a grievance that with Singh on the helm, Congress cannot win (2022 meeting) elections”.

Rawat stated after extended discussions, Singh agreed to implement the 18-point agenda, which included the Bargari and medicines menace difficulty, and was steered by a panel to the Congress’ president.

Nevertheless, Singh forgot about his assurance to the panel on implementing the agenda and none of those factors have been applied, he alleged.

He stated he went to Singh’s home and after a prolonged dialogue, “we got here down to 5 factors”. These he promised to implement inside 10 days, Rawat claimed.

“After this, 20 days handed, and we did not hear something from him. The Congress MLAs and ministers have been getting stressed, he stated.

Consequently, in a letter to the celebration management, 43 MLAs stated regardless of repeated efforts we couldn’t get something executed by Singh, so please name a CLP assembly in any other case we’re going to name a separate assembly, he stated.

Rawat stated that he tried to contact Singh thrice, however he couldn’t get him on phone.

Regardless of a message being dropped, Singh didn’t trouble to name again, he stated.

It was then determined to name a CLP assembly. I formally knowledgeable Singh and requested him to attend it. In response, he referred to as a separate assembly at his residence on the identical day, he stated.

Earlier than that, Congress president spoke to Singh concerning the complaints from the 43 MLAs and the CLP assembly, Rawat stated.

Singh himself provided to resign as CM and when he did, Channi was chosen as CLP chief, he stated, including that every one democratic procedures have been adopted and Channi later took oath as chief minister.

How Amarinder responded

“Three weeks earlier than stepping down as CM, I had provided my resignation to Sonia Gandhi however she had requested me to proceed,” stated Singh in a press release, ridiculing Rawat’s remarks that he gave the impression to be below strain.

The previous chief minister stated the one strain he had been below for the previous few months was that of his personal loyalty to the Congress, due to which he continued to tolerate insult after insult.

Reacting to Rawat’s remarks, Singh stated even his worst critics and enemies couldn’t doubt his integrity on this regard.

“However I’m now not shocked {that a} senior and seasoned Congress chief like Rawat is questioning my secular credentials. It’s fairly evident that I’m now not trusted and revered within the celebration that I’ve served loyally all these years,” he stated, including that “such remarks are prompted by the pathetic scenario the celebration has now discovered itself in Punjab after being on a successful spree for four-and-a-half years”.

Singh added that the humiliating method wherein he was pushed into resigning simply hours earlier than the CLP assembly that was clearly convened to oust him, was a matter of public file.

“The world noticed the humiliation and the insult heaped on me, and but Mr Rawat is making claims on the contrary,” he remarked, asking “if this was not humiliation then what was it?”

Rawat, he stated, ought to put himself in his footwear, after which, maybe, “he would realise how insulting your entire affair was”.

Singh, who has scotched hypothesis of his becoming a member of the BJP however stated he’ll give up the Congress, recalled that Rawat himself had publicly acknowledged after assembly him that he was glad by his (Amarinder Singh) authorities’s monitor file on the 2017 ballot guarantees.

The truth is, Rawat had categorically acknowledged, as lately as September 1, that the 2022 elections could be fought below his (Singh’s) management and the excessive command had no intention of changing him, he identified.

“So, how can he now declare that the celebration management was dissatisfied with me, and in the event that they have been, then why did he intentionally hold me at nighttime all this time?” Singh requested.

“If the celebration didn’t intend to humiliate him then why was Navjot Singh Sidhu allowed to brazenly criticise and assault on social media and different public platforms for months? Why did the celebration give the rebels, led by Sidhu, a free hand in undermining my authority?”

He stated, “Why was no cognizance given to the uninterrupted spree of electoral wins I handed over to the celebration by the four-and-a-half years I used to be within the saddle?”

Singh requested why the Congress was permitting Sidhu even now to carry the celebration to “ransom and proceed to dictate phrases”.

“What’s the strain he exerts on the celebration management that they’re so defenseless in opposition to him and are permitting him to have his means even to the price of the Congress’ future in Punjab?” he requested.

Singh additionally denied allegations that he had refused to satisfy Charanjit Singh Channi after the latter’s swearing-in as Punjab chief minister.

He stated Channi had referred to as him up on the day of his swearing-in and was supposed to return over however failed to show up.

As for not taking Rawat’s calls, Singh stated it was all humbug.

“We spoke only a day earlier than the CLP assembly was referred to as. Rawat informed me then there was nothing within the works and even claimed he had not seen any letter despatched by 43 MLAs. I’m shocked on the blatant means wherein he’s now mendacity about this,” the previous chief minister added.

Singh stated because the chief minister twice and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief on three events, he had labored with stalwarts like Pranab Mukherjee, Moti Lal Vohra, Mohsina Kidwai, Meira Kumar and Shakeel Ahmed as Congress in-charge for Punjab.

“I by no means had a single drawback with any of them. I fail to know Mr Rawat’s behaviour and actions,” he added.

Singh dismissed as whole nonsense Rawat’s remarks that he was ‘circulating the idea of humiliation after assembly Amit Shah’, and identified that he had clearly stated on the day of his resignation (lengthy earlier than his assembly with the Union residence minister) that he had been humiliated by thrice by the Congress celebration, which had sidelined him to convene CLP conferences twice in Delhi and the final time in Chandigarh although he was the Congress Legislature Celebration (CLP) chief then.

As for implementation of ballot guarantees, the previous chief minister stated opposite to the lies being touted by Rawat, he had fulfilled practically 90 per cent of the guarantees made within the 2017 election manifesto, which was a matter of file and couldn’t be negated with frivolous and baseless statements.

Congress in disaster

Singh on Thursday scotched hypothesis of his becoming a member of BJP however stated he’ll give up the Congress, which he asserted was going downhill with senior leaders being ignored.

Rawat additionally warned the BJP-led Centre to not try and topple a majority authorities in Punjab.

Rawat additionally stated there’s optimistic progress within the negotiations between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has resigned as state unit chief.

Channi is from the Dalit group and each political celebration ought to assist him, Rawat stated, including that the chief minister is taking a number of pro-people selections.

Rawat stated he steered the Congress excessive command, that in the event that they delay the matter then many MLAs might type a sperate group or might create some extra drawback for the celebration.

With opposition concentrating on the Congress authorities over inaction in sacrilege instances, Rawat stated the Channi dispensation will within the subsequent 15-20 days take some forceful steps on sacrilege and drug menace points.
He asserted that Channi was working the federal government with full command.

With inputs from PTI

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