New Delhi : Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa on Monday said that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) should introspect and see how clean their ministers are, rather than targeting his party.
Training his guns at BJP president Amit Shah, Bajwa told ANI that when the BJP chief is an accused in a murder case, how can its party leaders point fingers at the Congress.
“I am surprised that the BJP is levelling allegations on us where its own party president Amit Shah ji has been booked in a murder case. Many BJP ministers and MPs have several criminal charges on their heads, but they all are working,” said Bajwa.
” AAP has 67 MLAs out of which 23 MLAs who at the time of filing their affidavits with the election commission have agreed to the fact that they are criminal cases registered against them. So, I would like to advice both these parties to first introspect and then accuse us,” he added.
Bajwa further said that appointments within the Congress are not anybody’s business, as it is party president Sonia Gandhi’s prerogative to assign whatever task to whomsoever she wants.
“This is an internal matter of the Congress. Moreover, this is the prerogative of the Congress president that whom she wants to appoint as the in charge of which state, similarly she has appointed Asha Kumari ji as the in charge of state affairs in Punjab,” said Bajwa.
Coming out in defence of Kumari, Bajwa said that the former must have been convicted in a forgery case by the lower court but the Himachal Pradesh High Court has suspended the awarded sentence and that till the times the highest court pronounce its verdict a person cannot be tagged guilty.
“The charges the opposition has levied that Kumari has been booked under forgery charges might be correct but the charges aren’t proved until the highest court gives its verdict,” said Bajwa.
“The high court of Himachal Pradesh has suspended the punishment of Asha Kumari which was awarded by the lower court,” he added.
Congress earlier today selected Kumari to replace Kamal Nath as the general secretary in-charge of Punjab ahead of next year’s assembly polls in the state.
Kumari, who had earlier this year been convicted in a land grab case, is presently out on bail.
Nath resigned as the party’s in-charge of Punjab affairs earlier on June 15 following a controversy over his alleged role in the 1984 riots. (ANI)