Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday termed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa’s move to project himself as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the 2017 assembly polls as “illogical and baseless”.
In an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times on Tuesday, Bajwa, the Congress candidate from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat, had said, “I am telling them (voters of Gurdaspur) that the gamechanger is not whom they elect in 2014 but whom they want in 2017 (as CM).”
The Captain, when contacted by HT for his reaction to Bajwa’s statement, said, “It seems funny that in the general elections, the PPCC chief is trying to garner support by terming himself as the CM candidate.”
Bajwa had also said that “this election would be the stepping stone to my success as only when I get through this will I be able to take over the reins of Punjab in 2017.”
The former chief minister said, “Bajwa must understand that the CM’s post is not a block president or district president’s post that the PPCC chief will decide himself. Holding the prestigious post of the state Congress chief, he must know that candidates for chief ministership are decided by party president Sonia Gandhi.”
Amarinder, who is also the Congress candidate from Amritsar, was here on a personal visit to interact with some media houses. Taking another dig at the PPCC chief, the former CM said Bajwa should concentrate on his election from Gurdaspur and not poke his nose in big matters.
“Presently, our focus should be on how to root out the SADBJP combine from Punjab in the Lok Sabha polls,” the Captain added.
When asked whether he would campaign for Bajwa in Gurdaspur, Amarinder said, “I will definitely do it for every party nominee in Punjab.” When asked if Bajwa was welcome to campaign for him in Amritsar, the Captain said, “Being the state party chief, he is welcome.
But since he is contesting the Lok Sabha polls himself, I advise him to work hard in Gurdaspur.”