Amarinder Differs With Congress
Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday admitted that he had written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, raising speculation that he had levelled some serious allegations against state Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa in the letter.
The Congress veteran also reiterated his opposition to the party’s demand for a CBI probe against Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a drug smuggling case. Bajwa, however, said the Congress would go ahead with its January 16 bandh demanding a CBI probe.
“Yes, I wrote a letter to the Congress president some 18 month ago, in July 2012, nine months before Bajwa took over as the state Congress chief. But I will not disclose the contents of the letter. It was a confidential letter between me and the madam. The contents cannot be made public,” Amarinder said. Refusing to endorse the demand for a CBI probe against Majithia, he said: “Let the Punjab police investigate the case. No that I have faith in them. But five central agencies are also involved in the probe. If we feel there is a cover up attempt, I will ask for a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge.”
Meanwhile, Bajwa said the Congress stood fully united on the issue of the CBI inquiry. He said the party had given one week’s time to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to take a decision on the CBI probe.
Bajwa said the party would move the Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 15 to seek a CBI inquiry.