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Amarinder ‘surprised’ at Bittu’s suggestion on inducting Bhagwant Mann into Cong 

Chandigarh: Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu’s statement on inducting AAP leader Bhagwant Mann in to Punjab Congress has not gone down well with the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.Reacting to media reports about the MP suggesting that the AAP leader’s induction into the Congress would be productive for Congress in the 2019 Parliamentary elections, the Chief Minister urged all party leaders to refrain from making such statements. Such public statements fuel speculation that could be detrimental to the Congress party’s interests in run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Amarinder said.Expressing surprise at Bittu’s reported statement, Captain Amarinder Singh said the Ludhiana MP should have come with his views either to the party general secretary or the PPCC president or to him (the CM). As per the party rules, special permission of the party President was required for induction of members of Parliament into the party.Bittu was a senior Congress leader and well aware of the system and processes that needed to be followed in such cases, said Captain Amarinder Singh, adding that using a public forum to air views on party related matters was against the Constitutional ethos of the party.

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