Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that he will request Priyanka Gandhi to campaign for the party along with her mother Sonia Gandhi and brother Rahul Gandhi in the upcoming state Assembly elections. “Both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi would be campaigning for Congress in Punjab and I would also request Priyanka Gandhi to help with the electioneering in the state,” he told reporters.
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Hitting out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement that a Dalit will become the Deputy chief minister of Punjab if AAP comes to power in the polls, Singh said, “The AAP government in Delhi has no Sikh or Dalit minister.”
On being questioned over the delay in announcing the party candidates for the state polls, slated for 2017, the senior Congress leader said, “SAD and AAP are one-member and one-family party respectively, while Congress is a well-structured organisation that works on principles and processes.”
He said the delay in the announcement would have no impact on the prospects of victory of Congress candidates in the polls, adding that they would get ample time to engage in electioneering.
“We are a large party which needed to go through systems and processes to ensure proper ticket allocation,” Singh said. On being asked whether Manish Tewari will contest the Assembly election, the former Punjab chief minister said the Congress President would take a final call on it.
Asked about the chances of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu joining Congress, Singh said he was yet to announce his decision, which the party has left to him.