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Bhattal out of race, Singla breathes easy

punjab Updated: Mar 27, 2014 10:18 IST
Vishal Rambani
Vishal Rambani
Hindustan Times

Congress candidate from Sangrur, Vijay Inder Singla, has heaved a sigh of relief. The speculations on replacing him with former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has ended as the latter is unwillingness to contest. Also rebel former MLA Surjit Singh Dhiman is now again toeing the party line.

Tuesday was a good day for Singla as both his problematic issues of Bhattal’s candidature and Dhiman’s threat to contest, was resolved by late evening.

Capt Amarinder has ensured that his loyalist Dhiman work for Singla and it has ended also the speculation over Congress leader Arvind Khanna joining the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Both Khanna and Dhiman are loyalists of Captain Amarinder Singh.

“Ishu (nickname of Vijay Inder) is like a son. Right from his forefathers, his family has remained loyal to us and I will ensure his victory. I have requested Dhiman not to take any such step which will harm the prospects of the Congress. I want to win maximum seats for Sonia Gandhi from Punjab,” said Captain Amarinder, while announcing that Dhiman won’t contest as a rebel.

He said that he will also spare time to campaign for the Singla.

On Tuesday evening, the high command informed him that there would be no change regarding his seat. Sources said Bhattal was hesitant to contest election citing that time span was too short to campaign in entire constituency.

Singla now has tough task to win over the faith of Dhiman, Arvind Khanna and Barnala MLA Kewal Dhillon, who are showing more interest in campaigning for Amarinder than fortifying their respective assembly segments in Sangrur Lok Sabha Seat.

“It’s all media speculations. The Congress is united in Sangrur. The candidature of big leaders has infused enthusiasm in workers and Congress will have a landslide victory in the state”, said Vijay Singla.