Bhatinda: Under flak from all corners on the issues of corruption and blackmoney, the Congress suffered a major jolt as party stalwart Buta Singh gave indications of turning a rebel. Annoyed by his ignorance, Singh has been quick to criticize the Congress policies.

By making the belligerent statements, Singh had indicated that if not given a Congress ticket in the forthcoming Punjab assembly polls, he would contest as an Independent candidate. He also laid thrust on uniting the Dalits of Haryana and Punjab through campaigns. 

A miffed Singh told media persons, “Though the total population of Punjab comprises 32 per cent Dalits, but it is unfortunate that Congress has not opted for a Dalit Chief Minister in the state. It is high time when a member of the Schedule Caste community get an opportunity to lead the state.”

He asserted that Congress has virtually done nothing for Dalits in Punjab and it would cost the party heavily in the next assembly polls. “The situation has dipped to the extent that Dalits no longer relate themselves to the Congress,” he said, claiming to have discussed the issue with Congress High Command.

He opined that the visit of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to Punjab could bring out some positives for the Dalits of the state. Singh further added, “Gandhi's foot march in UP could have been more successful if senior party members would have been involved in it.” On asked about 2G spectrum scam, he said such controversial issues tarnish the image of a government.

JPN/Bureau