PUNJAB CONGRESS president Captain Amarinder Singh, who has said party tickets for the 2017 Punjab election will not be issued to more than one person in a family, explained Tuesday that this ‘anti-dynasty stand’ was only for the Punjab elections.
Asked at a press conference if family members of MLAs would be able to contest the next Lok Sabha elections, he said the rule of one-family-one ticket was only for the state elections
“There is no bar on any number of family members to apply for the ticket, but the party will not name two candidates from the same family,” the Punjab Congress chief reiterated.
Amarinder’s MLA wife Preneet Kaur will leave the Patiala (Urban) seat for him. She was a three-time Member of Parliament from Patiala but lost to AAP’s Dharamvira Gandhi in last Lok Sabha election.
She was then fielded in the Patiala Assembly byelection, necessitated by Amarinder’s resignation after he was elected to Lok Sabha from Amritsar.
He rejected the demand of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for rotating the job of Chandigarh administrator between the Governors of Haryana and Punjab and said Chandigarh was the capital of Punjab. “Khattar should read the Rajiv-Longowal accord that made it clear that Haryana was to make its separate capital as was agreed in the Rajiv-Longowal Accord.”
The PCC president said the issue needed to be settled once and for all as Punjab needs to move ahead.
“We need jobs for 90 lakh youths and that is not possible without investments and the investments can only come when Punjab is peaceful” he said adding, “Such issues should be consigned to the dustbin of history now.”
The party also condemned ignoring of the CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi for the swearing- in ceremony of new Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore.
Giving a breakup of the applicants, he said that of 1661, 1025 have applied from general category while 636 have applied from reserved category.
There are 116 women and 555 youth who have applied for the party tickets.
Amarinder was flanked by Chairperson Campaign Committee Ambika Soni, AICC secretary in charge Asha Kumari, Harish Chaudhary, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, senior vice-president PCC Laal Singh, chief spokesperson and PCC vice-president Sunil Jakhar, Manpreet Badal and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot.
ON NAVJOT SIDHU
Amarinder said he did not think anyone from Congress was in talks with Navjot Sidhu, “I have already said our doors are open for Sidhu as his family has been a part of Congress.”