IN What could be seen as a disappointment for Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh and his camp, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi did not formally announce Amarinder as chief minister candidate ahead of the 2017 assembly elections.
Rahul was in Chandigarh Saturday for an interactive session with the party rank and file. At least 10 workers are learnt to have urged Rahul to announce Amarinder as CM candidate.
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Later, during an interactive session with the media, Rahul, when asked why he was not announcing the CM candidate, said it was the tradition of the Congress to make such an announcement only after the elections.
“Capt Amarinder is obviously the leader of the party, being the president of PPCC,” he said.
Sources said party strategist Prashant Kishor was trying hard to get Rahul to formally declare the CM candidate so as to enthuse workers.
Rahul described the Modi government as one that had turned politics into an event with plenty of buzz words but no achievements on the ground. “I see Swachh Bharat, I see Make in India, but I haven’t seen many results. I haven’t seen anything new in India being made as a result of Mr Modi. I don’t see India as being transformed in terms of cleanliness. On the foreign affairs front, I see incompetence. Their approach to Pakistan is short-sighted and incompetent. I don’t understand for what purpose Pakistani investigators were sent to Pathankot,” he said.