The Congress should not field some of its members of Parliament from Punjab again to win their seats in 2014, former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said.
Amarinder, a member of Congress Working Committee (CWC), made the statement on Friday in Ferozepur. "We lost the last state elections because of wrong ticket distribution largely, and it should not be repeated in the MPs' elections," he said in his address to the party workers at the house of Guru Har Sahai legislator Rana Gurmit Sodhi.
"Winnability should be the only criteria to award ticket and for all 13 seats of Punjab, I will recommend suitable nominees to party president Sonia Gandhi," Amarinder said. Iterating that he wouldn't contest from Bathinda, he said former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal could be a good candidate in the Lok Sabha elections, though the final call would be of the high command.
He remained mum over the land issue involving state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa and said it was up to the state government to look into the matter. "Every section of society, be it rural or urban, is fed up with the state's ruling alliance, and if our candidate choice is good in the Lok Sabha elections, we will make a clean sweep," said Amarinder.
"Some party leaders who switched loyalty to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal now are suffocated," said the senior Congress leader, adding: "Congressmen continue to be harassed at the behest of the Akalis. The Akalis' bringing each assembly segment under one DSP (deputy superintendent of police) is the root cause of this autocratic functioning."
He denied infighting in the state Congress but said there could be a healthy difference of opinion. Asked about possible alliance with Manpreet Singh Badal of the People's Party of Punjab (PPP), he said if asked, he would recommend going with the communists.
On the chances of Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the general elections, he said his being a communal leader would be his alliance's undoing.