Laying all speculation to rest, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Capt Amarinder Singh said here on Wednesday that the party would contest the upcoming Khadoor Sahib bypoll, adding that the candidate would be picked by the party high command within two-three days.
Addressing a press conference at Kalanaur, 25 km from Gurdaspur, the former chief minister said he would talk to former Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki regarding his ‘reluctance’ to contest the February 13 bypoll, as reported by HT (‘Congress in a fix as Sikki not keen on contesting’, January 20).
Meanwhile, launching a programme aimed at wooing the young generation in view of the 2017 state elections, Amarinder interacted with youths of Dera Baba Nanak assembly segment here on Wednesday.
The youths highlighted the issues of unemployment, drug abuse, brain drain and shifting of industry from Punjab, even as they pointed out ‘false’ cases slapped on Congress supporters at the behest of ruling party leaders across the state.
Amarinder promised them that the resolution of these issues would be part of his policies and programmes for the state if the Congress came to power in 2017.
Addressing the interaction organised by Dera Baba Nanak MLA and Gurdaspur district Congress committee president Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Amarinder said generating jobs and eradicating drug menace would be his top priorities.
Reacting to another HT report (‘MPhil, BTech, MCA, all in line for peon’s posts in Bathinda ’, January 20), Amarinder said he was saddened to know that highly qualified youths were applying for menial government jobs.
Later, Amarinder also had an interaction with farmers at Dera Baba Nanak.
Meanwhile, Sukhjinder’s elder brother Inderjit Singh Randhawa and the latter’s son, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) secretary Deepinder Singh Randhawa, held a parallel rally in Kalanaur. They are upset with Sukhjinder for opposing Deepinder’s election to the PYC post with the help of then state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa. Deepinder had shot off letters to the party high command and Indian Youth Congress leaders, alleging that the party had ignored the Youth Congress leadership of the area by neither making them part of the organising committee nor inviting them to attend the youth interaction programme. Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Krishna Allu Vera attended this rally.