Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here on Tuesday that newly-appointed state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh would suffer defeat for the third time in a row in the 2017 assembly polls, adding that the famous phrase, “third-time lucky”, would not prove true in his case.
Sukhbir said the 2017 poll battle would mainly be between the SAD and the Congress. Refusing to consider the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a major player in the Punjab elections, he said the AAP had betrayed the trust and mandate of the people of Delhi by bestowing political posts on MLAs.
He announced that the SAD would choose candidates for the assembly elections on the basis of winnability.
He said Punjab was mulling legal options over a recent Supreme Court judgement that declared as null and void the state government’s decision to give ownership rights of land in border areas around riverbeds to peasants ploughing them.
Earlier, Sukhbir distributed development grants worth crores of rupees to the villages of Chak Jandwala, Chak Panjkohi, Chak Kabarwala, Roranwala and Kharunj during his sangat darshan programmes.