124 Congmen seek ticket for 13 Lok Sabha seats
As many as 124 Congressmen, including many sitting MLAs, have filed their claims to a party ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls later this year. Punjab sends 13 MPs to Parliament, of which the Congress has 8 MPs. Sitting MPs were not required to apply for a ticket.chandigarh Updated: Jan 28, 2014 12:04 IST
As many as 124 Congressmen, including many sitting MLAs, have filed their claims to a party ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls later this year. Punjab sends 13 MPs to Parliament, of which the Congress has 8 MPs. Sitting MPs were not required to apply for a ticket.
Some of the claimants are sitting Congress MLAs, former MPs, former Congress chief and even the chairman of the SC/ST commission. There are some, who have applied from two constituencies.
Patiala is the only Lok Sabha seat, represented by three-time MP, Preneet Kaur, union minister for state for external affair and wife of former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, from where no one has sought a ticket.
From Gurdaspur there are five
ticket-seekers; Amritsar 14, Khadoor Sahib 12; Hoshiarpur 11; Anandpur Sahib 5; Ludhiana two; Fatehgarh Sahib 16; Faridkot 15; Ferozepur 22; Bathinda 14; Sangrur 2 and Jalandhar seven.
All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and in-charge of Punjab Congress Affairs, Shakeel Ahmed, who came all the way from New Delhi to chair the 29-member state election committee to discuss the probables, on Monday, said that the panel had unanimously resolved that the final decision in this regard would be taken by party president Sonia Gandhi and
vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
He added that the committee would give its inputs to the Congress high command on short-listing the candidates.
"The committee will submit its inputs to the high command by January 29. These will then be discussed by a screening committee headed by PC Chako. The screening committee will submit a three-member list from each constituency to the central election committee (CEC) before we finally name a candidate," added Ahmed.
Four members of the 29-member committee - Ambika Soni, Preneet Kaur, RL Bhatia and Ashwani Sekhri - could not attend the meeting.
Sources said that the 90-minute meeting was attended by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa, former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, senior Congress leaders Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Samsher Singh Dullo, union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari, Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Vijay Inder Singla. AICC secretary and Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra moved a proposal that the party must field senior leaders to corner the SAD-BJP alliance in the state.