New Delhi: A day after AICC secretary Asha Kumari was appointed as the party’s in-charge for poll bound Punjab affairs, she on Monday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi. It is learnt that they discussed among other things the raging controversy over her conviction in a land grab case. “Asha Kumar discussed certain issues related to Punjab,” said sources, claiming to be in the know of what transpired between the two. After meeting Sonia Gandhi, she rejected demands for her resignation, asserting she had the party chief’s ‘full mandate.’
She accused BJP, AAP and Shiromani Akali Dal of unnecessarily making an issue out of a ‘non-issue.’ “I am sorry, I cannot oblige them,” she told reporters, rejecting calls for her resignation. “I have been given full mandate by the Congress president and vice president to work for the party in Punjab,” she said after her meeting. The appointment of Kumari, a niece of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and four-term MLA from Dalhousie, has kicked up a storm after it emerged that she had been convicted in a land grab case in which she had allegedly transferred forest land to her husband.
She was sentenced to a year in jail but it currently out on bail. “It is for parties to decide who is going to lead the party. If somebody is there in government, it is a different issue,” she said, adding the AAP cannot decide who will lead the Congress in which state. Sources said Kumari will not continue as AICC secretary in-charge of Haryana, a responsibility she was handling for some time……….
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The Congress is very much geared up to form the government in Punjab and BJP and others are scared.
The controversy would have no adverse fallout for the Congress in Punjab, not at all. Asha Kumari assumed her new charge at AICC office in New Delhi on Monday.DP
Capt welcomes appointment of Asha Kumari
Chandigarh: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday welcomed the appointment of Asha Kumari as the AICC secretary in charge for Punjab. He said that he had agreed to her name with the full responsibility when he was asked about her appointment. At the same time, Amarinder lashed out at the opposition parties for criticising her appointment, saying they should better introspect and look within before pointing fingers at the Congress. “It is a classic case of the kettle calling the pot black”, he remarked, while lambasting the Akalis, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party leaders for their double standards.
“You better mind your own business and set your own house in order before worrying about what we do and do not do in the Congress”, he told the opposition leaders who are criticising her appointment, particularly the AAP, seven of whose MLAs are in jail for serious criminal charges ranging from corruption to outraging the modesty of women. Referring to the case pending against Kumari, the PPCC president said, her conviction has been stayed by the High Court and the legal proceedings were going on, like in the case of BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Lashing out at the Akalis, he said that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had no moral right to speak on the matter, since one of his own ministers, Tota Singh has been convicted of corruption and the president of the women’s wing of his party Istri Akali Dal, Bibi Jagir Kaur stands convicted of a more heinous crime related to the tragic disappearance of her own daughter, whole of Punjab knows, under what circumstances.
Bhattal comes to Asha’s defence
Ludhiana: After the SAD, BJP and AAP took on the Congress with regard to the appointment of Asha Kumari as incharge of Punjab Congress, former Chief Minister and senior party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has come to her defence. Hitting out at the SAD-BJP, Bhattal said that the leaders of ruling party should first come clean in the cases of drugs and scams and later level allegations against leaders of Congress. Claiming that Himachal Pradesh leader Asha Kumari has no role in the land scam, she said that SAD-BJP leader had no right to level allegations against Congress leaders as they themselves were facing cases and allegations. She further clarified that Asha Kumari would not be replaced and would continue as incharge of Punjab Congress. The former CM was in city to attend a workers’ meet of Ludhiana east constituency. Speaking on the occasion, she asked party workers to work hard to form the Congress government in 2017. She further said that SAD-BJP front had failed on every front and it was high time for the Congress workers to show the door to the leaders of ruling party during the 2017 elections. Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu also appealed the party workers for strengthening the party and to form government in the next Vidhan Sabha elections.
Ludhiana: Former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu aimed their guns at SAD’s student wing after the district president of the wing Jeevan Kumar was arrested for giving shelter and support to gangster Gourav Kumar. Gourav was wanted in several cases of murder, attempt to murder, rape and others. Bhattal said that the leaders of ruling party were encouraging criminals and case against SOI president proved the same. She said that after the Congress would come into power, the SOI and others leaders of the ruling party would be put behind bars for involvement in criminal activities. Bittu demanded the dissolution of the SOI and asked the police to scan the role of SOI leaders. DP
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