Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday “announced” former MLA Jagbir Brar as the party candidate from the Jalandhar Cantonment constituency. “As a PCC president, Brar is my first choice. He is working hard in the constituency. But a formal decision will be taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi,” said Amarinder.
“As per my reports, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu is not winning from Amritsar East; only one from the two Bains brothers are in a winning position from Ludhiana and as far as Pargat Singh is concerned, our candidate Jagbir Brar is competent enough to defeat him,” said Amarinder.
The state Congress chief made this announcement in the presence of former minister Amarjit Singh Samra and former chairman of Jalandhar Improvement Trust Tejinder Singh Bittu, who are aspiring for the party ticket. While Samra is seeking ticket from the Jalandhar Cantonment segment, Bittu has applied from the Cantt and Jalandhar Central seats from where he contested the 2007 assembly polls but lost.
Both Samra and Bittu were upset when Amarinder said: “It will be foolish on my part if, as the PCC president, I don’t know who stands a chance to win and don’t share it with my party high command.” More than 12 Congress leaders have applied from the Jalandhar Cantt, including state party secretary Sonu Dhesi, Diljit Singh Ahluwalia and his son Kaku.