"I appreciate Capt Amarinder criticising the Akalis for giving tickets to those with terrorist backgrounds," Peter said. "But has he applied the same yardstick for his party?" Peter was an aspirant for from the Khem Karan constituency and later expelled for anti-party activities.
"Although we are happy that through the political process, a number of persons have been brought into the mainstream, the question is should they have been given tickets to fight elections," he said. "Congress is a party with secular credentials."
According to Peter, people who stood by the party in difficult times were ignored during distribution of tickets for the assembly polls in 2007 and 2012. "Those with a dubious past were not only brought into the party but also given tickets," he added.