Various local Congress leaders, who have applied for party ticket from the Tarn Taran assembly segment, have joined hands against the candidature of those who do not belong to the segment.
These leaders are Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) secretaries Sawinder Singh Dobalian and Ranjit Singh Gaddiwind, the party’s Kisan Cell state vice-chairman Karanbir Singh Burj, district Congress committee (urban) president Sukhdev Bhargav and local party leader Gurpartap Singh Palasaur, who organised a joint press conference here on Sunday to raise the issue.
They disclosed that they have written a letter to Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh, in-charge of state affairs Asha Kumari, in-charge of Tarn Taran affairs Sukhbarinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria complaining that in the recent past, the party had always fielded those who had no connection with the constituency.
“Neither these candidates addressed issues of the people in the segment ever, nor did they succeed in winning the elections. Using their influence in the party, such leaders succeed in getting ticket, but do not show their faces after that. This is the sole reason behind the downfall in the graph of the party here,” said Dobalian.
They demanded that the ticket should be given to any of the local leaders to ensure victory of the party in the 2017 assembly elections. They added that they believe the high command would entertain their plea and take the decision keeping in view their feelings.
These leaders are pointing finger towards district president Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, who is one of the applicants and has good relations with the PPCC chief, without mentioning his name. Bhullar basically belongs to Amarkot village, which falls in the Khemkaran assembly constituency.
Senior Congress leader Dharambir Agnihotri, who has also applied for the party ticket and is a strong applicant, has claimed that all those who conducted the press conference, favoured him as he has been living at Tarn Taran since 1988. In the last assembly elections, he was a candidate of the party in this constituency, but lost with a margin of around 4,600 votes.