‘cong will set up force to counter violence against workers’


Staff member

Chandigarh July 2:
State Congress president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today said the party would set up a self-protection force to counter the ruling combine's offensive against their workers.
Addressing newspersons today, she said during the recently-concluded MC elections, her son Rahul Sidhu had experimented with 'Naujawan Sangharsh Sabha' in Sangrur district and no "rigging" was allowed. Bhattal also contested the claims of a landslide victory in civic elections by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance, saying that the Congress has, in fact, gained its lost ground in Doaba and Majha regions. She claimed that out of the 49 seats in the region, 12 went to the Congress. She said in Malwa, the SAD indulged in large-scale rigging, booth capturing and violence to win the seats.
Bhattal refused to comment on registration of another corruption case by Vigilance against Amarinder Singh. She said she didn't want to indulge in blame game as infighting tends to demoralise the workers. She, however, said certain leaders were spoiling the party due to personal rivalries.
‘Capt is absconder’ Bir Devinder Singh, chief spokesman of PPCC, flayed the former CM and his MP wife. Answering a question, he said Capt Amarinder Singh has no right to speak as he was an "absconder". Calling him a "paper tiger", he said Amarinder and his MP wife had boycotted Patiala Municipal Corporation elections and were not seen working for the party.