Punjab Polls: Captain Amrinder Singh rules out any alliance, Congress to go alone

He added that he had earlier suggested a broad-based alliance of secular forces, but the situation and circumstances have now changed and the party was “way ahead of others.”

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 11, 2016 5:57 am
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A few months after saying he was open to a grand alliance in the state, Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh Saturday said the Congress would go it alone in the 2017 Assembly elections. Talking to the media on the sidelines of a segment of his ‘Halqe Vich Captain’ programmme in Ropar, Amarinder ruled out the possibility of an alliance with any political party or group in the state.

He said, “The Congress party, on its own, is firmly placed to win the elections by a massive margin.” He added that he had earlier suggested a broad-based alliance of secular forces, but the situation and circumstances have now changed and the party was “way ahead of others.” He pointed out that the People’s Party of Punjab and Shiromani Akali Dal-Longowal had already merged into the Congress and the BSP had decided to contest of its own.

“The ruling Akali-BJP alliance was just fighting for survival while the Aam Aadmi Party has already disintegrated,” added Amarinder. Asked whether AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s ongoing visit to Punjab would have any impact on the state politics, he remarked, “Of course, it has already had a good impact by exposing and disintegrating the AAP further.”

Earlier during his interaction with party workers of Ropar assembly segment, Amarinder promised to bring to book the entire Badal clan for “false cases” against Congress workers.