Amid sharp exchanges between Punjab Congress leaders and ex-chief minister Amarinder Singh over his friendship with Pakistani journalist Aroosa Alam, senior leader Manish Tewari on Sunday said he never saw “such chaos and anarchy” in the partys state unit.
Expressing dismay over the “guttural language” used against each other that “even fishwives would not use”, Tewari asked whether the party thought the people were not disgusted by the “daily soap opera”.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had said a probe would be conducted to ascertain whether Alam has links with Pakistans spy agency ISI, prompting Amarinder Singh to accuse Randhawa of resorting to personal attacks.
State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhus wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu slammed Amarinder Singh on Saturday alleging that not a single posting of any official took place in the state without “money or gifts” to Aroosa Alam.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Tewari questioned the progress on issues like the 2015 sacrilege incidents, drug menace and power purchase pacts. He also hit out at Congress general secretary Harish Rawat over his reference in an interview.
“Since you (Rawat) referred to me in this interview I also have great regard and respect for you going back to days when I headed the National Students Union of India and you the Congress Sevadal. However, in my 40 years plus in the Congress I have never seen such chaos and anarchy as what is playing out in INC Punjab today,” he said on Twitter.
The Congress on Friday appointed Rajasthan Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary as the Congress new in-charge for party affairs in the poll-bound Punjab, relieving Harish Rawat on his request. Rawat, a former chief minister, is spearheading the Congress bid to regain power in Uttarakhand by ousting the BJP. “Repeated open defiance of AICC by a PCC president, colleagues squabbling publicly with each other like children. Guttural language against each other that even fishwives would not use. For the past five months, it is INC Punjab vs INC Punjab. Do we think that people of Punjab are not disgusted by this daily soap opera?,” tweeted Tewari.
He also termed the Mallikarjun Kharge-led three-member panel formed by the Congress earlier to end factionalism in its Punjab unit as “a serious error of judgement”.
“Irony is that those who complained loudest of transgressions and aberrations were unfortunately and continue to be worst offenders themselves. History would record that the appointment of the committee that ostensibly heard perceived and real grievances was a serious error of judgement.
“Where is progress on the issues that agitated these MLAs and other eminences — bargari, drugs, power PPAs, illegal sand mining. Has there been any movement forward?” tweeted Tewari.
Rawat played a key role in bringing in Sidhu as the Punjab Congress chief despite strong opposition from then chief minister Amarinder Singh, who subsequently resigned alleging humiliation by the party. Rawats role was also crucial in Amarinder Singh being replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of Punjab.
But later, Sidhu resigned as the Punjab Congress chief while raising a question over the appointments of the state police chief and state advocate general. On October 15, Sidhu said that said his concerns had been resolved and the Congress asserted he would continue as the head of the Punjab unit.
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