After defeating Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley during the Lok Sabha elections in Amritsar, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh has returned to his bastion and applied for the party ticket for the upcoming assembly polls from his traditional seat: Patiala (urban).
His wife, Preneet Kaur, won the seat after bypolls in 2014, after Capt vacated it following his win in Amritsar.
Also, to promote ‘one family, one ticket’, neither his wife nor son Raninder Singh, who contested the last elections from Samana, has applied for a party ticket from any constituency. Capt’s brother Malwinder Singh, too, will not be contesting the elections. “The state Congress chief has completed all formalities like any other ticket aspirant, and I have submitted his application at the PPCC office,” said Capt’s close aide MP Singh. He confirmed that no one else from the royal family has applied for a ticket.
Capt has submitted a list of 340 Congress workers, along with photocopies of their identity cards and phone numbers, to fulfil the PPCC criterion of each aspirant showing two voters per booth. He has won the seat thrice: in 2002, 2007 and 2012.
‘WILL GIVE UP LOK SABHA POST’
Capt Amarinder Singh said once the party announces him the chief ministerial candidate, he will relinquish the post of Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha, if the high command agrees to it. “The Congress is set to launch an extensive campaign for the assembly polls, and I have to devote more time in Punjab,” he said.