Cong replaces Amarinder with first-time MP as Punjab head

Cong replaces Amarinder with first-time MP as Punjab head

Talk of change began after partys defeat in Assembly polls

Congress on Tuesday removed Amarinder Singh as its Punjab unit chief in the backdrop of the party’s dismal show in Assembly elections last year and appointed MP Pratap Singh Bajwa in his place.

Rajasthan MP Harish Chaudhary has been made the AICC secretary and will be the party in-charge of Punjab. Chaudhary will be attached as the in-charge of Punjab and look after party affairs in the state, a release quoted AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi as saying.

Gulchain Singh Charak is the AICC general secretary in-charge for Punjab.
The talk of a change in Punjab unit of Congress has been going for more than a year since the party’s defeat at the hands of the SAD-BJP alliance in Assembly elections in January last year.

The recent Moga bypoll loss seems to have precipitated the change. Congress lost to the Akalis in the bypoll after its MLA quit the party and re-contested as SAD candidate.

Amarinder Singh has been under attack within the party for his style of functioning. Demands for replacing him were made by various sections in the party. Bajwa is relatively younger to Amarinder Singh and a first time MP.

MLA hits out at Amarinder

On Tuesday, legislator Randeep Singh Nabha questioned the rationale behind the show cause notice sent to him, a day after MLA Braham Mohindra openly criticised party chief Amarinder Singh, PTI reports from Chandigarh.

Nabha slammed Amarinder for going to the press on the issue of indiscipline in party unit, and termed it a “malicious campaign” to “publicly hurt” his image.
Transcending authority

Nabha said the state party chief has “no authority” to serve such notices.
After defeat in Moga bypoll, Amarinder had reprimanded the two leaders for their “absence” during the
campaigning.

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