April 8, 2012 3:26:35 am
Raninder Singh,who had unsuccessfully contested the recent Punjab assembly polls,Saturday came in strong defence of his father and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief capt Amarinder Singh,saying it was not fair to put blame on him alone for partys poor electoral show.
Raninder,who lost in Samana constituency,called for complete unity in the rank and file of the party and not to be lost in the maze of mutual mud slinging or bickerings.
I am the son of Capt Amarinder Singh who had been projected by the Congress party as the chief ministerial candidate and my mother Preneet Kaur is a Union Minister. They campaigned for me. Why then did I lose?,asked Raninder.
Ever since Congress defeat,Amarinders detractors have been training the guns at him and asking him to step down as PCC chief. Raninder said it was not fair to say that because of Amarinder Singh being at the helm,the party performed poorly.
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There could be several other reasons for a candidates defeat…which call for introspection and study rather than blaming any particular person for the defeat of Congress party, he said.
The debacle suffered by Congress in the elections needs introspection,he said adding it is not time for raising accusing fingers at one or the other at this crucial hour when we are going to face elections once again including the municipal corporations and the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Raninder told reporters here.
Raninder was here in connection with a court appearance in the multi-crore Ludhiana City Centre (LCC) scam in which he,along with his father and brother-in-law Ramminder Singh Richhi are among the accused.
Earlier,the court of Session Judge Gobinder Singh adjourned the hearing of Ludhiana City Centre scam to April 28.
Amarinder Singh did not appear in the court as he had obtained exemption from personal appearance in the court for today.
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