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Captain Amarinder says Sonia Gandhi will pick CM: ‘No deal with Sidhu’

assembly elections Updated: Jan 18, 2017 12:25 IST
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Punjab polls

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh.(HT File Photo)

Underlining that the party’s poll campaign has been built around him, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that the party’s president, Sonia Gandhi, will decide who becomes chief minister if it wins the February 4 state assembly elections. He said there is “no deal” on that count with former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu who entered the Congress on Monday.

He said that he and Sidhu will hold a joint roadshow in Amritsar on January 19. While Sidhu had earlier set “Congress minus Amarinder” as the condition to come on board, Amarinder was conspicuous by his absence at the cricketer-turned-politician’s formal joining in Delhi.

Speaking before setting out to file his nomination papers from Patiala seat, at first Amarinder asked the media not to give hype to the issue of who’ll be CM, “as the entire campaign is focused around me”.

However, asked if Sidhu had been brought in with the promise of the top chair, Amarinder said, “It is the sole prerogative of party president Sonia Gandhi and the MLAs, who will decide the CM candidate.”

Amarinder also ruled out an alliance with any party, asserting that the Congress would “sweep the assembly elections with two-thirds majority”.