Bajwa, the Punjab Congress chief, responded to his bete noire's move saying he welcomed the 'belated initiative' by Amarinder Congress's Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha to confront BJP, but clarified that the event would be held under the party's umbrella.
He asserted that Congress's January 22 programme would be organized under the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and the modalities for the same would be chalked out in consultation with the party high command after the Muktsar rally at Maghi on January 14.
"I am happy that the entire party is getting united to confront (BJP chief) Amit Shah. PPCC has already announced the January 22 programme. We have to take on Shah not only on drugs but on several other issues. It is the PPCC programme that has been endorsed by Amarinder and I welcome it," Bajwa said in a statement here, adding that the party would reiterate its demand for a CBI inquiry into drug smuggling in the state.
However, in no mood to allow Bajwa to score a political point, Amritsar MP Amarinder made it categorically clear late this evening that the rally in that city was being organized by the Amritsar parliamentary constituency and there was no question of anyone else working out its modalities.
In a virtual snub to Bajwa, Amarinder said the rally had already been planned at luncheon at Patiala, which was attended by the CLP leader, former PCC presidents, 35 sitting MLAs, MPs, former ministers and ex-MLAs and other state and district office bearers.
BJP chief Shah is set to launch his party's campaign against drugs in Amritsar on January 22. The saffron party's ally and coalition partner in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal, had recently held dharnas at three venues close to the international Border on the drug issue.

"A party meeting is being convened to take the final call on this issue in consultation with party MPs and MLAs from the state and party chief Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to finalize the modalities for the programme," Bajwa said.
He pointed out that ever since the arrest of alleged drug lord Jagdish Bhola in connection with the multi-crore drug racket case, Congress has been in the protest mode on the drugs issue. It had thus held a 'chakka jam' programme on January 16 last year which was followed by a relay hunger strike from January 19 to 28 in Chandigarh.
"The latest in the series of protests were dharnas held at the district headquarters on January 5," he said.
Amarinder, the Amritsar MP, on Sunday rallied his supporters as he announced that the party would launch a campaign to take on the ruling Akali-BJP alliance with a rally on January 22.
Bajwa, meanwhile, said he would also meet Sonia and Rahul to explain the 'ground realities' in the state, but refused to comment on the luncheon hosted by Amarinder in Patiala.

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