Punjab polls: Four Congress leaders call for party minister to be expelled

Four Punjab Congress leaders sent a letter to the party’s National Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday demanding the expulsion of Minister of State Rana Gurjeet Singh from the party while alleging that he is weakening her in several segments ahead of the election in the Assembly. The Congress sent the Minister for Kapurthala Constituency. The letter came after his son Rana Inder Pratap Singh decided to run as an independent from Sultanpur Lodhi from the district after Congress nominated incumbent MP Navtej Singh Cheema from the constituency.

The letter was written by Cheema, Jalandhar North Legislator Avtar Singh Junior, Phagwara MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and former MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

“Rana Gurjit Singh is weakening Congress by deliberately interfering in various constituencies in Doaba region such as Sultanpur Lodhi, Phagwara, Bholath, Jalandhar North, Banga,” reads the letter circulated to the media.

“Although we inform the state leadership of the party about his anti-party activities, unfortunately, he was reinstated in the Punjab cabinet instead of taking action against him,” Cheema said in the letter, including one. copy has also been sent. party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Harish Choudhary and State Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu. Rana Gurjeet Singh, who resigned from the Amarinder Singh-led regime following allegations of involvement in sand-mining auctions in 2018, was reappointed minister after Charanjit Singh Channi became minister in leader last year. ”Rana Gurjeet Singh, who resigned as a minister in 2018 from the Punjab Cabinet over alleged involvement in a sand mining scam in the state, is doing her best to destroy the Congress Party victory in the of the upcoming elections,’ Cheema alleged.

”Madam, after being reappointed Minister, Rana Gurjeet Singh while arrogantly declared her son Rana Inder Partap Singh as an independent candidate against Sultanpur Lodhi’s two-time Congress MP Navtej Singh Cheema” read the letter.

Cheema said it was nothing but a “gross violation” of party discipline as well as a “stabbing”. ”He is doing this because he is playing into the hands of the opposition parties, especially the BJP. It has strong ties to the BJP due to its liquor and sweets business located in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and other states,’ Cheema said. He alleged that Rana Gurjeet Singh had “conspired” with the BJP and former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to “destroy” Congress in Punjab. “As part of this conspiracy, he is publicly making baseless allegations against PPCC Chairman Navjot Singh Sidhu which is also a violation of party discipline,” he alleged. “Therefore, in view of Rana Gurjit Singh’s flagrant violation and violation of party discipline, we request that you immediately withdraw his nomination from Kapurthala constituency and send a strong message to these leaders, that weaken the party. To do this, he should be removed from the list of party members,” he said.

After the announcement of the first list of candidates, some leaders objected to the refusal of tickets.

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s brother Manohar Singh has already announced his candidacy as an independent of Bassi Pathana while MP Moga Harjot Kamal left Congress and joined the BJP.

Former MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee is also upset that he was not given Adampur seat ticket while Nimisha Mehta who was denied Garhshankar seat ticket joined the saffron party.

Former Prisons Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur and his son Damanvir Singh quit Congress and joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt).

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