Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Saturday appealed to opposition parties to come together to fight against what he said anti-people policies of the SAD-BJP government even as he faced a challenge to his leadership by a section of party leaders.

Amarinder invited People’s Party of Punjab, CPM, CPI, BSP and other opposition parties to join state-wide sit-ins to be staged by the Congress at all district headquarters in the state on September seven against "anti-people" policies of the Parkash Singh Badal government.

Amarinder said there was a "strong and genuine cause" for all like-minded parties to come together and prevent the state government from imposing "punitive taxes on the people".

"The taxes have affected people across social and economic spheres and they are angry and disappointed," he said.

Even as the former Chief Minister appealed to the opposition to come together, he faced dissidence within his own party unit.

On Friday, some state Congress leaders met here after which a committee was set up to mobilise support for seeking Amarinder's removal as state unit chief, party sources said.

Asked whether he had recommended any action against his detractors since they had breached the party discipline, he said he was not keen to recommend any action against anybody.

He said he would continue to serve as state unit chief as long as the party high command wanted him.

Amarinder Singh said the taxes imposed by the state government were illegal since any financial matter needed the approval of the legislature.

On Tuesday, the Punjab government decided to levy fresh taxes, including the property tax, to mop up additional resources to the tune of Rs 900 crore per year.

On the possibility of Manpreet Badal, PPP president and estranged nephew of Parkash Singh Badal, joining the Congress, Amarinder said the PPP leader had never met him.

Therefore, he was not in a position to comment, the Punjab Congress head said.


Latest News from Punjab News Desk