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Amarinder says winnability to be sole criteria for ticket allotment

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2016 12:16 IST
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Captain Amarinder Singh

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh, who attended the ‘Lokan Da Darbar’ programme in Sardulgarh on Tuesday, hinted that some sitting party MLAs may be dropped in the coming elections depending on their performance.

Sardulgarh assembly constituency is represented by Congress MLA Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, despite that, SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal had earned a lead of 20,000 votes from this assembly constituency in the Lok Sabha elections.

Registration of false cases, discrimination against Congress workers and non availability of drinking water in the region remained the major issues highlighted in the programme.

One of the local congress workers asked Captain to offer free-run to party workers after coming to power so that they can avenge the injustice done by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers. To this, Capt said, “I will avenge each and every case of victimisation and vendetta and it is my fight. I will not let anyone who victimised my people, go scot-free.”

During the ‘Halke vich Captain’ programme, he said that after Congress forms the government, all the villages and panchayats with Congress majority, which have been ignored and discriminated against by the Akalis, will get priority in the allocation of development funds and grants.

Along the sidelines of ‘Halqe vich Captain’ programme, the PCC president said that the party has already started the process of identifying candidates.

He added that surveys by independent agencies are being carried out to assess the performance of ticket-aspirants.

Regarding the Congress MPs’ and MLAs’ mass resignations against the SYL verdict, Capt said, that the party will go to the people and seek their support so that they have adequate numbers in the Vidhan Sabha to bring in a law to save Punjab’s water.