Miffed at inclusion of ‘rebel’, ex-Youth Cong chief lashes out at Amarinder
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The leadership of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh came under attack, once again, this time by former Youth Congress chief (Amritsar rural) Shailenderjit Singh Shelly, who was hand picked by Rahul Gandhi and had contested the January 30 Assembly polls unsuccessfully from Majitha on party ticket.
Shelly, who was miffed at the inclusion of Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia, a Congress-rebel who had contested the polls as an independent, into the party fold by Amarinder during the Dasuya byelection, at a press conference on Thursday alleged that Amarinder acted "hand in glove with the SAD and handed over the reins of governance to SAD" in the January 30 polls.
Making scathing attacks on PCC chief, Shelly alleged that Captain did not even bother to inform him about the Congress rally scheduled to be held in Majitha as part of his state tour. He added that Lalli had been entrusted the responsibility to organise the party rally in the constituency.
"There was need to introspect the reasons that led to the party's loss. Especially, those who contested against the party needed to be taught a lesson. But, by bringing such people to the forefront of the party has proved that Amarinder acted in connivance with the Badals to hand over the reins of the state government to SAD," Shelly said.
He added that because of the feudal mindset of Amarinder, he (Shelly) was sidelined, despite being selected by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Shelly termed the state-wide rallies being conducted by Captain as a "drama to save his chair".
"Along with taking moral responsibility of the poll defeat, Amarinder should have stepped down. But instead he started another drama. He issues statements from hotels and palaces, and then remains untraceable for months. He has failed to help his party workers," he said.
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