No truck with communal party like BJP: Bhattal

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Phagwara, Oct 25 (UNI) Describing the ruling SAD-BJP combine as ''sick'', Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee President Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today asked Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to ''put his own house in order'' and work for public welfare ''instead of wasting time in vindictive politics.'' While interacting with newspersons here, the PPCC chief alleged that 175 ''false cases'' against Congressmen had been tabled in the state assembly while the list being received by the PPCC office shows that these have gone upto 1000.

The ruling SAD-BJP alliance was plagued with contradictions and there were deep differences within and between them, Ms Bhattal alleged.

However, when asked whether Congress would ask BJP to leave SAD and join hands with it to form a new government, Ms Bhattal said, ''Congress can not join hands with a communal party like BJP only for power, as the party's main objective was to serve the people in any capacity''.

Moreover, Congress did not believe in taking any undue advantage of the increasing rift between the two despite claims of unity by both party leaders, she said.

When asked to comment on the issue of bringing Sukhbir Badal as Chief Minister, Ms Bhattal said it was the internal matter of SAD.

Ms Bhattal also favoured long sessions of the assemblies so that public interests matters could be discussed thoroughly.

Talking about giving 33 per cent reservation to women in the state assembly, Ms Bhattal said it would be implemented in the party muster.

Replying about reconstitution of the PPCC, Ms Bhattal said she was touring the whole state and the work of reconstitution would be done after the completion of her tour and assessment of the party.

''Only able, honest, transparent and sincere Congress activists would be given prestigious posts to inhance the efficiency of the party,'' she stressed.

The PPCC chief was here as part of her tour of Jalandhar and Kapurthla districts to assess the political situation and holding of a meeting of senior Congress leaders.


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