Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)



Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa will begin the next phase of his mass contact programme from Thursday from Nihal Singh Wala. His rallies and public meetings will continue through August and September to cover all 34 reserved seats in the state.

Meanwhile, at the meeting on Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversar­y celebratio­ns, MLA Kuljit Nagra said the party should hold agitations instead of rallies. Dalit leaders — former Punjab Congress chief Shamsher Singh Dullo and MLA CharanjIt Channi — said the party was losing support of the Dalits in Punjab and mere celebratio­ns of Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversar­y were not enough.

Other MLAs present at the meeting were Sangat Singh Gilzian, Brahm Mohindra, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Raj Kumar Verka.

Several senior leaders who are members of the party’s Scheduled Caste committee, including Amarinder Singh, Sunil Jakhar, Lal Singh, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Ambika Soni and some Dalit MLAs, did not attend the meeting.

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