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Cong to fight alone in Punjab assembly polls: Amarinder

“The People’s Party of Punjab and Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) have already merged with the Congress. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to contest all 117 seats and the Left parties have failed to take a decision on an alliance. So, we are all set to go it alone in the elections,” he said.

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2016 20:36 IST
HT Correspondent
Amarinder at a programme in Rupnagar on Saturday.
Amarinder at a programme in Rupnagar on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Ruling out any alliance with other parties for the upcoming assembly polls in the state, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said the party is set to contest the elections on its own.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the ‘Halke Vich Captain’ programme at Rupnagar, Captain said he had advocated for a broad-based alliance of secular forces in the state, but that could not happen.

“The People’s Party of Punjab and Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) have already merged with the Congress. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to contest all 117 seats and the Left parties have failed to take a decision on an alliance. So, we are all set to go it alone in the elections,” he said.

The Punjab Congress chief ridiculed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal for his statement that Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib will be made as holy cities after AAP comes to power in the state. “Kejriwal has no knowledge about Punjab. Anandpur Sahib and Amritsar have already been declared as holy cities,” he added.

On the fourth front, he said it had no base in Punjab. He said a party could not be formed with three legislators.

Amarinder said winnability would be sole criteria for allotment of party tickets and those sitting members legislative assembly (MLAs), who were not in a position to win the election would not be allotted tickets.