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Patiala gets royal treatment in Congress rejig

In the Punjab Congress revamp, the crown is back on the princely city of Patiala, from where the kingmakers have picked three of the five top office-bearers.

punjab Updated: Nov 28, 2015 11:28 IST
Vishal Rambani
Congress workers in a jubilant mood after Captain Amarinder Singh was appointed PPCC chief, in Patiala on Friday.
Congress workers in a jubilant mood after Captain Amarinder Singh was appointed PPCC chief, in Patiala on Friday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

In the Punjab Congress revamp, the crown is back on the princely city of Patiala, from where the kingmakers have picked three of the five top office-bearers.

While Patiala royal scion Captain Amarinder Singh has been made state party president, senior leader Lal Singh is now senior vice-president, while legislator Sadhu Singh Dharamsot will be vice-chairman of the campaign committee led by Rajya Sabha member Ambika Soni, with MP Ravneet Bittu as convener.

Lal Singh is MLA from Sanaur and Sadhu Singh from Nabha. Both assembly constituencies falls in Patiala district. While Lal Singh represents the Backward Classes, Sadhu Singh is from the Schedule Castes. It is the first time when the party has announced the campaign committee much before the elections.

Elated over the return of Amarinder as state Congress chief, the city residents and Congress workers busted crackers and distributed sweets. Neither Amarinder nor Preneet was at their New Moti Bagh Palace, but their supporters celebrated outside. “Patiala deserved this big representation because of its historical importance. With Captain back in the charge, if the Congress forms the government, the city will grow. Under the Akali-BJP regime, it lies neglected, with much of its property sold, while Bathinda and other Akali districts have flourished,” said former zila parishad chairman Gursharan Kaur Randhawa.

“When Amarinder was the chief minister from, he brought many development projects to the city. He got the Centre to sanction `108 crore project for laying new sewerage and upgrading roads, and secured special grants to help the civic body cover the open nullah. However, in the past eight years, all big grant is going to Bathinda,” said Youth Congress leader Vikram Singh Chauhan.