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Not keen on Amritsar, will contest if party asks: Amarinder

Amarinder has emerged as the Congress’s choice to contest against BJP heavyweight Arun Jaitley from Amritsar. (Express Archive) Amarinder has emerged as the Congress’s choice to contest against BJP heavyweight Arun Jaitley from Amritsar. (Express Archive)
Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Posted: March 21, 2014 1:55 am

Amid the uncertainty over Captain Amarinder Singh’s proposed candidature from Amritsar, the former chief minister Thursday said he would put up a fight if AICC chief Sonia Gandhi asks him to do so.

Not sending out any clear signals while talking to The Indian Express over the phone from New Delhi, Amarinder said, “If the party president asks me to contest, then I will not have any option. I cannot say no to the orders of the party president.”

At the same time, he said he would not be able to do justice to the people of Amritsar, who were looking for a change from BJP MP Navjot Sidhu, who remained an “absentee MP”.

Amarinder has emerged as the Congress’s choice to contest against BJP heavyweight Arun Jaitley from Amritsar.

“I met Sonia Gandhi three weeks ago. She offered me to contest from Bathinda or Amritsar. I  told her that I will not be able to contest since Preneet Kaur is contesting from Patiala. She needs me there,” he said.

Amarinder reiterated that if he contested and was elected as MP from Amritsar, he will not be able to do justice to the people as a local could. Besides being an outsider, he said he would not be able to spend the required amount of time there.

“The party should field a local candidate who knows the constituency and the issues. We have such candidates available from all communities, Hindus or Sikhs,” he said.

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