Seven of the 20-odd Punjab Congress MLAs and ex-MLAs, who were purported to have been party to the demand for the removal of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, have completely and categorically disassociated themselves from any such move.
Denying outright being part of what they termed as "a conspiracy hatched by a section engaged in trying to drive a wedge within the party", these seven leaders have thrown their weight behind Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and reposed their full faith in his leadership.
The Congress leaders, who have distanced themselves from "festering revolt" in the party, are: Kuldeep Vaid (MLA), Dalvir Singh Goldie (MLA), Santokh Singh Bhalaipur (MLA),
Ajit Singh Mofar (ex MLA), Angad Singh (MLA), Raja Warring (MLA) and Gurkirat Singh Kotli (MLA).
Their denial came within hours of a list of party MLAs/ex-MLAs being made public by a section of the Punjab Congress, which claimed that these leaders wanted the replacement of Captain Amarinder Singh and intended taking up the matter with the high command. These seven party leaders have, however, washed their hands off any such decision and declared that they continue to stand firmly with the Chief Minister.
All seven of them said the closed-door meeting at Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa’s residence, after which their names were fraudulently released along with others, had been convened to discuss party affairs.
Some of the participants tried to raise the issue of the Chief Minister’s replacement, but contrary to claims, no unanimous resolution was passed or agreed upon. Taking strong exception to the misuse of their names in this manner, these seven made it clear that they do not subscribe to any such move against Captain Amarinder Singh.
All seven of them condemned the attempts by a section of the Punjab Congress to trigger a revolt in the party ahead of the Assembly elections in the state next year, especially when the high command had already resolved the differences between Navjot Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh.
They urged the party leadership to take immediate steps to quell any attempts to divide the party.