Capt Defies Congress On Dullo Turf

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Old 20-Apr-2008
Post Capt Defies Congress On Dullo Turf


Khanna April 20:
The directives of the Congress Coordination Committee issued to Capt Amarinder Singh making it mandatory for him to seek permission from the PPCC before holding any political rally seemed to have no effect on the former Chief Minister who today led a political rally here. Former PPCC chief Shamsher Singh Dullo has a good number of supporters in the area.
Even as Dullo and his supporters, who are believed to be part of the Bhattal camp, stayed away from the rally, Capt Amarinder Singh’s loyalists outnumbered Bhattal’s supporters in the town. Addressing the rally, reportedly organised by his supporters, Capt Amarinder Singh maintained that he had not come here to hold a political rally, but to mobilise the party workers for the coming Lok Sabha elections. His SAD-BJP bashing remained the core of his speech that lasted for about 25 minutes.
Later, speaking to mediapersons, he said his intentions were not to divide the party rank and file, but he was against the political working of Bhattal, whom he accused of having forged an alliance with the BJP and the SAD in the state. The former Chief Minister said even as the ruling combine was getting false cases registered against Congress workers across the state, the PPCC chief was busy holding friendly cricket matches with Akalis. He would launch a campaign against the registration of false cases against his party men.
Capt Amarinder Singh, who has rejected the coordination committee calling it a “farce”, said he owed no explanation to it for meeting his party men. Meanwhile, Dullo who stayed in his office throughout the proceedings of the rally, told mediapersons that Amarinder should not go against the party. He said being a former Chief Minister of the state, Capt Amarinder Singh should exhibit discipline in his working.

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