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CLP leader appeals for restraint

CHANDIGARH, April 15: Congress Legislative Party leader Mr Sunil Jakhar today asked the party leaders to exercise restraint and not go public on any issue concerning the party. He said, the party leaders should raise such issues, if any, at the appropriate forum.

In a statement issued here today, Mr Jakhar maintained that the party was facing crucial challenges at this juncture. He said, the Akali-BJP government has already started targeting and victimising the party workers and this is the time to stand by them. He stated that the party rank and file was united and it only needed the moral boosting from the leadership.
As the loyal and disciplined soldiers the party leaders should abide by the decision and directive of the high command. “Since everybody has put forth his/her point of view before the party high command, let us wait for the high command to decide”, he said, while adding, “the decision should be acceptable to all of us”.

Congress MLAs against airing views in public; say let High Command take final call


Thirty-six Congress MLAs today appealed all the party leaders to desist from issuing press statement or speaking against one another. They said, since the party high command was already seized of the matter they should wait for its decision. “Instead of targeting our own party leadership we must take on the government to defend our workers”, they observed.
The legislators in a joint statement issued here today maintained that going public was against the party interests particularly when it was the time to boost the morale of the party rank and file. They said, the high command’s decision should be acceptable to everyone.

They pointed out, the Akali-BJP alliance government had already resorted to vendetta and victimisation of the party workers. This is the time to stand by the party workers and leave the decisions about the party affairs to the high command.
They stated that the party leaders should be concerned about the plight of the workers and fight the Akali onslaught unitedly. “We need to focus on the forthcoming elections to the municipal corporations and the parliamentary elections”, they said, while adding, going public on internal party matters only creates confusion and misunderstanding besides demoralising the workers which must be avoided at all costs.

The signatories to the statement included: Mr Laal Singh, Ashwani Sekhri, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Ms Aruna Chaudhary, Sukh Sarkaria, OP Soni, Ramanjeet Sikki, Rana Gurjeet, Sangat Singh Giljian, Sunder Sham Arora, Tarlochan Singh Soondh, Gur Iqbal Kaur, Joginder Pal Jain, Balbir Sidhu, Jagmohan Singh Kang, Gurkirat Kotli, Amrik Dhillon, Surinder Dawer, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Gurcharan Singh Bhoparai, Rana Sodhi, Raja Warring, Kewal Dhillon, Joginder Singh Panjgraian, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, Jeet Mohinder Singh SIdhu, Arvind Khanna, Mohammad Sadique, Harchand Kaur, Ajit INder Singh Mofar, Charanjit Singh CHanni, Ms Karan Brar, Navtej Cheema and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot. 


62 of 71 defeated Congress candidates rally behind Capt Amarinder


Sixty-two of the 71 Congress candidates who lost the recent assembly elections today said that it was wrong to blame the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh for the defeat. Maintaining that there were several other factors which influenced the final outcome, they appreciated the leadership of Capt Amarinder for leading the party to secure maximum number of votes across the state.

In a joint statement, the candidates questioned the attempts by certain vested interests within the party, some of whom had either no standing or were a spent force, for leading a malicious campaign driven by personal agendas against the PCC President. They said, had it not been the vigorous efforts of Capt Amarinder, the party could have faced the worst outcome. They pointed out, “it was so close that it could have swung either way”.
The party candidates also questioned the locus standi of a union minister whom they described as a “rootless-wonder” who had left Punjab decades ago and may not be even knowing the name of the assembly segments of the district he claims to belong to and the only time he contested the parliamentary election, he could not poll even ten thousand votes.
Similarly, they lashed out at another former PCC President, who has never ever contested an election himself, for questioning the party leadership.
Appealing the party high command to strictly enforce the party discipline and rein in those elements, who were raising the issue in public, they said, there was no guarantee that they were not doing it at the behest of the Akalis. Because, they pointed out, it is only harming the Congress and the Akalis could not want anything more.
The signatories to the statement include: Balbir Ram Fatehpuria (Bhoa), Raman Behl ( Gurdaspur), Balvinder Singh Laddi (Sri Hargobindpur), Harpratap Singh Ajnala (Ajnala), ShailenderJit Shelly (Majitha), Karamjit Singh Rintu (Amritsar North), Sunil Datti ( Amritsar East), Jasbir Singh Dimpa (Amritsar South), Tarsem Singh (Attari), Ranjit Singh Chajjalwandi (Baba bkala), Dr. DharamveerAgnihotri (Tarn Taran), Gurchet Singh Bhullar (Khemkaran), Harminder Sigh Gill (Patti), Balvir Raja Sodhi (Phagwara), Santokh Singh (Phillaur), Amarjit Singh Samra (Nakodar), Col. C. D. Singh Kamboj  (Shahkot), Ch. Jagjit Singh (Kartarpur), Ms Suman Kay Pee (Jalandhar West), RajinderBeri (Jalandhar Central), Avtar Henry (Jalandhar North), Jagbir Singh Brar( Jalandhar Cantt), Satnam Singh Kainth(Adampur), Ajit Kumar Narang (Mukerian), Ramesh Chander Dogra (Dasuya), Ch. Ram Lubhaya (Sham Chausari), Dr. Raj Kumar (Chabbewal), Lov Kumar Goldy (Garhshankar), Rajwinder Singh Lucky(Balachaur), RanaKanwar Pal Singh (Anadpur Sahib), RomeshDutt Sharma(Rupnagar), Jasjit Singh Randhawa( DeraBassi), Ms Harbans KaurDullo (BassiPathana), Gurmail Singh Pehalwan(Ludhiana East), Ashok Prashar Pappi (Ludhiana South), Malkiat Singh Birmi(Atam Nagar), Malkiat Singh Dakha(Gill), Lakhvir Singh Lakha(Payal), Jasbir Singh Khangura (Dakha), Ishar Singh Meharban(Jagraon), Ajit Singh Shant( Nihal Singh), Darshan Singh Brar (BhaghaPurana), Kaka Sukhjit Singh Lohgarh (Dharamkot), NareshKataria ( Zira), Ms SatkarKaur (Ferozepur Rural), Malkiat Singh(Jalalabad), Dr Mohinder Rinwa (Fazilka), Giri Raj Rajoura (Balluana), Mahesh Inder Singh Badal(Lambi), Com Nathu Ram (Malout), Gurpreet Singh Kangar (Rampura Phul), Harminder Singh Jassi (Bathinda Urban), Makhan Sing( Bathinda Rural ), Gurpreet Kaur Dhaliwal (Mansa), Satpal Singh Mulewal                                       (Budhalada), Ajaib Singh Rataul (Dirba), Aman Arora (Sunam), Ms Razia Sultana (Malerkotla), Surjit Singh Dhiman (Amargarh), Madan Lal Jalalpur (Ghanaur), Raninder Singh (Samana) and Nirmal Singh (Shutrana).

District Congress presidents ask party leaders not to demoralise workers

District Congress presidents ask party leaders not to demoralise workers


The District Congress Committee presidents from across the state today appealed the senior party leaders from the state to exercise restraint on the issue of leadership and leave it to the party President Ms Sonia Gandhi. They said, the sustained campaign prompted more by personal prejudices and ambitions than any party interest, must not be seen as any articulation of the voice of grass-root workers who are concerned with more pressing matters like harassment, victimisation and discrimination at the hands of the government.
In a joint statement, the district presidents maintained that they have been constantly and continuously interacting with the party rank and file at the grass-roots level who are concerned and worried about being victimized by the government. They said, the way senior leaders have been continuously raking up the issue, which should otherwise be left to the high command, in the press has only demoralised the party workers who have already started facing the Akali onslaught.
The District presidents said, party high command was already seized of the matter. Besides, it had set up a high powered committee which is already looking into the issues raised by different leaders from the state. “Parroting the same thing again and again is not going to lead to anything except for damaging the party interest”, they observed while appealing the leaders to use their energies for articulating the problems of the Congress workers.
They pointed out, several cases of vendetta have been registered against the Congress workers and ex-legislators. Citing the example of Rampura Phull where two time-MLA, Gurpreet Kangar, who lost recently is falsely being implicated in a case of attempt to murder along with several supporters. “If they are really concerned so much about the party they should also come to these workers’ support and not just harp on one point agenda motivated by personal ambitions and prejudices”, they remarked.
The signatories to the statement included Pawan Dewan (Ludhiana Urban), Jugal Kishore Sharma (Amritsar Urban), Milkiat Singh Dakha (Ludhiana Rural), Harpartap Singh Ajnala (Amritsar Rural), Prem Kishen Puri (Patiala Urban), Hardayal Kambhoj (Patiala Rural), Satbir Singh (Nawashahar), Sukhjinder Randhawa (Gurdaspur), Shyam Sunder Arora (Hoshiarpur), Rajinder Singh Rana (Mohali), Sukhbinder Saini (Ropar), Harinder Singh Bhambri (Fatehgarh Sahib), Surinder Gupta (Faridkot), Harjit Singh Parmar (Kapurthala), Dharampal Agnihotri (Tarn Taran), Jagsir Singh Gaggowal (Mansa), Arun Walia (Jallandhar Urban), Kanwarjeet Singh Lali (Jallandhar Rural), Anoop Singh (Ferozepur), Ashok Kumar (Bathinda Urban), Narinder Bhaleria (Bathinda Rural), Jagdarshan Kaur (Moga), Jagjit Singh Dhaula (Barnala) and Devinder Darshi (Pathankot). 

Capt Amarinder hails judicial verdict in Jagir Kaur’s case


Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today hailed the verdict of a special CBI court which convicted Bibi Jagir Kaur, a senior minister in the Akali-BJP government. He observed, “law has ultimately taken its course and the guilty stand punished”.

 Capt Amarinder said, her conviction, against all odds has reaffirmed the faith of people in the judiciary which does real justice with everyone no matter how powerful or influential he or she may be. The PCC President remarked, “we are proud of our judiciary which has finally punished the guilty”.


Capt Amarinder condemns Gidderbaha incident

CHANDIGARH, March 30: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today condemned the demolition of the houses belonging to poor in village Madheer in Gidderbaha assembly segment at the behest of the local sarpanch just because he suspected them of having voted for the Congress.
In a statement issued here today, Capt Amarinder maintained that the incidents of vendetta were regularly coming to his notice at the lower level from across the state. He said, in village Madheer, in Gidderbaha assembly segment, the poor who have been living in the shamlat land for a long time were forcibly evicted and their houses demolished by the local sarpanch and when they protested they were put behind bars.
He disclosed that it took a day long protest demonstration led by the local MLA Raja Warring outside the police station to get them released.
The PCC President reminded the Chief Minister of his commitment to look into the vendetta cases. He said, other cases were also being forwarded to him (the CM) for the action he has promised to take.

Capt Amarinder assigns parliamentary constituencies to vice presidents, general secretaries


In order to strengthen the party at the grass-root level across the state, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh has assigned each of the 13 parliamentary constituencies to senior PCC leaders, including the vice presidents and the general secretaries.

Each vice president and general secretary has been assigned one parliamentary constituency each to coordinate between the PCC and the workers, leaders, MLAs and the Member Parliament of the particular constituency.
The PCC President maintained that the parliamentary constituencies were made as the functional units for the senior party leaders for the smooth functioning as otherwise these constituencies are spread between various districts.
He said, this arrangement will facilitate better and smooth functioning of the party particularly in context of the parliamentary elections.

The list is as follows:

  • Mr Lal Singh, Vice President will be the overall Incharge of the PCC office and frontal Organizations.
  • Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Vice President has been appointed Incharge of Amritsar Parliamentary Constituency.
  • Kewal Singh Dhillon, Vice President is the Incharge of Ferozpur Parliamentary Constituency.
  • Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Vice President is the Incharge of Anandpur Sahib Parliamentary Constituency.
  • Ashwani Shekhri, Vice President is the Incharge of Ludhiana           Parliamentary    Constituency
  • Rana K. P. Singh, Vice President is the         Incharge of Patiala Parliamentary Constituency.
  • Sukh Sarkaria, vice president will be the incharge of Khadoor Sahib Parliamentary constituency.
  • R.C. Dogra, general secretary is the Incharge of Fatehgarh Sahib Parliamentary onstituency            
  • Rana Gurjeet Singh, general secretary is the            Incharge Gurdaspur Parliamentary Constituency.
  • O. P. Soni, general secretary is the Incharge Jalandhar Parliamentary Constituency
    Harmander Jassi, general secretary is the Incharge of Hoshiarpur Parliamentary Constituency
  • Fateh Singh Bajwa, general secretary is the Incharge Faridkot Parliamentary Constituency
    Aruna Choudhary, general secretary is the Incharge Sangrur Parliamentary Constituency
  • Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon ‘Kikki’, general secretary is the     Incharge of Bathinda Parliamentary Constituency.
  • Arvind Khanna, will be general secretary attached with the PCC President and the PCC Office.
  • Vikram Bajwa, general secretary will be attached with Mr Lal Singh for frontal organizations.
  • Major Amardeep Singh, Secretary will be the incharge of programmes of the PCC President and attached with general secretary, Arvind Khanna.  
  • Karanpal Singh Sekhon, Secretary will be the Incharge of Appointments and  Meetings with the PCC President   and will be attached with party general secretary Arvind Khanna.
  • Vimal Sumbly will be Press Secretary to PCC President.
  •  Capt Sandeep Sandhu, Secretary, will be In-charge office and attached with Mr Lal Singh 
  • Meanwhile, Kamaldeep Singh Saini has been appointed Chairman of the Punjab Congress Grievences Cell with immediate effect.


S Beant Singh’s family satisfied with execution stay

CHANDIGARH, March 28, 2012

Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Khanna MLA and the grandson of late Sardar Beant Singh today expressed relief and satisfaction over the stay of the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana by the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government at the centre.

Hailing the verdict, Kotli said, Sardar Beant Singh had laid down his life for the peace and harmony in Punjab. He said, the stay on the execution was also in the long term peace in Punjab.

Kotli maintained that he and his other family members welcomed the UPA government’s move in the interest of peace and harmony in the state. “The hard earned peace with lot many sacrifices including that of Shaheed Beant Singh cannot be compromised and any step in the interest of peace and harmony will always be supported by us”, he said.

Capt Amarinder hails UPA govt”s move to stay Rajoana’s hanging


Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today hailed the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government at the centre to stay the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana.

At the same time he appealed to people of Punjab to maintain peace at all costs.

Appreciating the proactive stand taken by the UPA government, Capt Amarinder maintained that the decision will go a long way in maintaining and safeguarding the hard earned peace in Punjab which has been established after a lot of sacrifices.
Appealing to the people of Punjab to maintain peace at all costs, he pointed out, the Congress led UPA government respected the emotions and sentiments of people of Punjab and in the same spirit it had stayed the execution of Rajoana.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Congress led UPA government at the centre for taking this decision in the long term interest of the peace in the state. 

Capt Amarinder asks district presidents to gear up for corporation elections

CHANDIGARH, March 26, 2012

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the district presidents from across the state to gear up for the corporation elections which might be announced anytime now. He also assured them that the indiscipline in the party will be firmly dealt with.

Barring Harpratap Ajnala (Amritsar Rural), who was busy with the marriage ceremony of his son and Ms Jagdarsharan Kaur, Moga who could not attend the meeting for personal reasons, all the 25 district presidents reposed their faith unanimously in Capt Amarinder’s leadership saying only he could provide good leadership to the party and only he could boost the morale of the party workers at this stage.

Presiding over the meeting of the district presidents which was convened today to take stock of the electoral results, Capt Amarinder maintained that the party may not have been able to form the government, but still it polled the largest number of votes, more than any other party including the Shiromani Akali Dal. He said, the Congress cadre at the grass-roots was quite strong and it only needed the inspiration.

He asked the district presidents to prepare for the corporation and the panchayat elections saying these might be announced anytime now. “I have learnt that the government might pre-pone these elections so we better be prepared”, he told them, while announcing that he will be moving around all the districts.

Responding to the demand of the district presidents that the indiscipline which was witnessed recently in the aftermath of the election results must be firmly dealt with, he said, he as well as the party high command had already taken serious note of it. He reiterated that the party leaders were welcome to air their grievances in the party forum whether with him or the high command but they are not allowed to go public.

Earlier the district presidents listed various factors for the election outcome. They were unanimous in their opinion that the party must firmly act against all those who worked against the official party candidates during the elections. Sukhjinder Randhawa from Gurdashpur, Pawan Dewan from Ludhiana, Arun Walia from Jallandhar Urban made a strong case for stern action against not only the rebels who are already expelled but all those who ganged up and worked against the party candidates.

To this Capt Amarinder said, he was already seized of the matter. He said, all those expelled will not be taken back and strong action will be taken against each and every leader who worked against the official candidates.

Those present at the meeting included Jugal Kishore Sharma (Amritsar Urban), Kuldeep Kumar Nanda (Hoshiarpur), Satvir Singh (Nawashahar), Prem Kishen Puri (Patiala Urban), Harjit Parmar (Kapurthala), Milkiat Singh Dakha (Ludhiana Rural), Pawan Dewan (Ludhiana Urban), Sukhbinder Saini (Ropar), Harinder Singh Bhambri (Fatehgarh Sahib), Hardayal Kambhoj (Patiala Rural), Surinder Gupta (Faridkot), Subash Grover (Sangrur), Jagsir Singh Gagowal (Mansa), Ashok Kumar (Bathinda Urban), Narinder Bhaleria (Bathinda Rural), Anoop Singh (Ferozepur), Gurdas Girdhar (Muktsar), Jagjit Singh Dhaula (Barnala), Dr Dharmapal Agnihotri (Tarn Taran), Arun Walia (Jallandhar Urban), Kanwarjit Singh Lalli (Jallandhar Rural), Davinder Singh Darshi (Pathankot) and Sukhjinder Randhawa (Gurdaspur).


Congress endorses S Beant Singh family’s stand for commutation of death sentence of Rajoana

CHANDIGARH, March 25, 2012:

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today appreciated and endorsed the stand taken by the family of late Sardar Beant Singh that the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana be commuted to life imprisonment.
He also assured all support and cooperation to the state government, whether legal or by way of making an appeal to the President of India, in this regard.

Referring to the recent developments in the aftermath of the court orders directing hanging of Rajoana, Capt Amarinder pointed out, “Sardar Beant Singh gave his life for peace in Punjab and the members of his family today are united in their belief that peace must be maintained in the state at all costs”, he said, while disclosing, that they have therefore called for the death sentence to Rajoana be commuted to life imprisonment.

He said, the Congress party endorses this view that the death sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment and it will also support the government on any steps it may take in this regard, whether these be legal or an appeal to the President of India.

The PCC President asserted, hard earned peace must be maintained in the state at all costs.