Having been given the responsibility to lead the party in parliamentary polls in 2014, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu clarified that he would not contest the elections and would instead lead the party's poll campaign in the state.
“I have much bigger responsibility given by the high command - to lead the party in parliamentary polls. So there is no question of my contesting the elections. My immediate concern is to strengthen the party so that we could win maximum seats in the Lok Sabha elections,” said Sukhu while addressing mediapersons here on Sunday evening.
He was on his maiden visit to Kangra after assuming charge as HPCC chief.
Sukhu said winnability would be the main criterion for finalising nominees for the four parliamentary constituencies in the upcoming elections. “Party will field the candidate who fits the criteria and nominees could be ministers or sitting MLAs also,” Sukhu said, adding that there was not much time left for general elections and the party is concentrating on the Mandi parliamentary bypoll for which dates are expected to be declared soon.
He also hints upon bringing the changes in the organisation structure of the party by including more dedicated workers in the Pradesh Congress Committee. “Change is a continuous process and we will be inducting more workers into the organisation,” said Sukhu.
Sukhu further said the party would not tolerate any kind of indiscipline and show-cause notices had been served to those who had worked against the party's candidates in the assembly elections held last year. “We will thoroughly probe the allegations against them and stern action will be taken,” said Sukhu.
He, however, parried the question whether party will take action against some big leaders from Kangra who indulged in such activities saying that party had not received any complaint against them.
Speaking on the issue of appointment of chairmans of boards and corporations, Sukhu said it's a prerogative of the chief minister and the party does not intervene in the matter. He refuted the allegations levelled by the BJP that some unconstitutional forces were affecting the functioning of the government by acting behind the curtains.