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Amarinder should not help BJP directly or indirectly, says Cong’s Rawat | India News

NEW DELHI: In its first direct attack on Amarinder Singh after he quit the top post in Punjab, the Congress on Friday accused the former chief minister of being close to BJP leaders.
It alleged that Amarinder was not working to implement the party’s poll promises, including punishing those guilty of sacrilege.
Responding to Amarinder’s charge that he had been “humiliated” by the party, central observer of the Congress in Punjab Harish Rawat said no reports suggested that the former chief minister was insulted.
“No facts in reports that state Captain Amarinder Singh was insulted by Congress. It appears from Captain’s recent statements that he is under some sort of pressure. He should rethink, and not help BJP directly or indirectly,” Rawat said.
Explaining the party’s point of view, Rawat said that Congress before the 2017 Punjab polls had promised that those guilty of sacrilege, no matter how high and mighty, will be punished.
“Unfortunately, the high court rejected the state government’s version as the matter was not properly put before it,” Rawat said.
He claimed that this failure led to the feelings of many, including legislators, being hurt.
Rawat added that the Congress leadership had formed a three-member committee to look into the issues concerning the state.
The panel after consulting many stakeholders suggested an 18-point plan that included handling properly the sacrilege issue and curbing the drug menace.
Rawat said that he personally had also met Amarinder Singh to follow up on these points. However, there was a feeling of anxiety among legislators that these points were not being implemented diligently, he added.
Earlier, Captain Amarinder Singh had created a storm when he resigned as the chief minister of the state. Singh had claimed that he was humiliated and has asserted that he was quitting Congress but keeping his political options open.
He also had a long meeting with BJP leader and Union Home minister Amit Shah earlier this week. However, the Captain has held that he was not joining the BJP.

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