In the politically strategic Bathinda and Ferozepur Lok Sabha constituencies, its list of prospective contenders comprises senior but reluctant leaders on one side, and younger, enthusiastic claimants that are itching to take on the Badals, on the other.
Amarinder met several leaders including MLAs from Faridkot, office bearers of Majhbi-Valmiki Welfare Association, and sitting MLA from Amargarh, Surjit Singh Dhiman, and is learnt to have strategised on curbing the rebellion that could cast a shadow on the prospects of the party.
Bali had questioned Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh three days ago for “not being accessible” to party workers and alleged that his “Pakistani friend” was interfering in the functioning of the government.
Though reports emanating from meetings that Rahul Gandhi held with the Punjab Congress leaders suggested that the AICC president was taking “serious feedback” from state party chief Sunil Kumar on the probables, but at the end of the day it is Amarinder who has had the last laugh.
IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap was a member of the five-member special investigation team (SIT) constituted by the Amarinder Singh government to take the probe into incidents that took place in 2015 to a logical conclusion.
After battling a slew of teething problems that included an unknown town, lack of space, scarcity of faculty, infrastructure and funds, the IIT is finally coming its own, making waves with its research and also helping the governments of neighbouring states sort out their niggling problems.
The names were finalised in a meeting with AICC president Rahul Gandhi. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, PPCC president Sunil Jakhar and general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari were present in the meeting.
The committee, comprising Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state party chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar, general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari and senior leader KC Venugopal had prepared a panel after shortlisting the probables during the last meeting.
On Friday, India summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner amid concerns over the presence of leading Khalistani separatist Gopal Singh Chawla, a close aide of terrorist Hafiz Saeed, in a 10-member committee appointed by Pakistan on the Kartarpur Corridor, official sources said.
In the past couple of days the state has been abuzz with reports that Sukhbir Badal is contemplating contesting from Ferozepur and Harsimrat Badal from Bathinda though mystery surrounds their decision as no formal announcement has been made.
Congress has called its screening committee meeting on Thursday to be attended by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state party chief Sunil Kumar Jakhar and general secretary in-charge Asha Kumari. Both Congress and SAD have adopted wait-and-watch-policy before making formal announcements.
The state employment guarantee scheme (EGS), on which it rode to power, started on a painfully slow note with a success rate of only 5 per cent. The first mega job fair in August-September 2017 could garner only 19,415 placements (5 per cent).