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Revolt in Punjab congress: Inder Sekhri opposes ticket to Ashwani Sekhri

December 20, 2016 10:27 AM

Punjab News Express/Pardeep Luthra
BATALA: The decision of the congress high command to give party ticket to local MLA, Ashwani Sekhri from Batala has hit a road block, with many of the local congress leaders including his younger brother Inder Sekhri revolted against this move and threatened to give mass resignation if this high command did not reconsider this decision.

Leading the revolt, Vice-Chairman, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(OBC Cell) Manjit Singh Hanspal told that he along with other leaders, had already met Punjab Congress In charge, Asha Kumari, PPCC, Capt. Amarinder Singh and told them that after winning the elections Sekhri has not been concerned about people of Batala and was working against the congress principals.

He said “In Batala, Sekhri is hands-in-glove with the opponent local BJP unit because of which, the congress cadre is decreasing everyday”.

During the elections of local municipal council president, Sekhri and his Municipal Councilors voted in favour of BJP candidate Naresh Mahajan and Sekhri’s supporters were running the administration of council as companions of the BJP, he said.

But keeping aside all their complaints against Sekhri, the party high command had still given him ticket which they will not tolerate and if the party did not change the ticket, they will give mass resignations, he added.

The lobby against Sekhri also has the support of his real younger brother, Inder Sekhri, who was still camping at Delhi to impress the high command to reconsider their decision.

The Veteran Trade Unionist and senior congress leader, M.M Cheema told that he along with other aspirants had meet Ashok Galoot and Ahmed Patel and appraised them about the apprehensions of the congress workers.

It is to be noted that Sekhri, since long, has been at loggerheads with local leaders including M.M Cheema former Vice-President of PPCC, Sekhri’s real brother, Inder Sekhri, former Punjab Agro Chairman, Ravinder Sharma, Secretary, Punjab Youth Congress Secretary, Nitin Sharma, Manjit Hanspal, District Vice-President, Ramesh Verma, General Secretary, Varinder Sharma but today the simmering dissension spilled out in open when Hanspal, Ravinder Sharma, along with office bearers and one dozen former councilors hold meeting at Batala club and threatened to give mass resignation, if the high command did not reconsider their decision.

It is pertinent to mentioned that former Union Minister Kapil Simble was a close relative of Inder Sekhri who was camping in the congress high command since the congress ticket was given to Ashwani Sekhri to impress the high command to reconsider the decision regarding the ticket to Sekhri.

Meanwhile all Anti Sekhri supporter congress leaders have urged the high command to allot the ticket to Inder Sekhri instead of Ashwani Sekhri.

When contacted Ashwani Sekhri, he refuted all the allegation leveled by these leaders and said “ the party has decided to field him from Batala and every congressmen should accept the decision of the congress high command”.

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