Punjab assembly polls: Asha Kumari denies ticket war in Congress

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 14:29 IST
State affairs incharge Asha Kumari (HT File Photo)

Denying rift between the Punjab Congress leaders, Asha Kumari, state affairs incharge in the party, ruled out infighting for assembly election ticket and said on Friday that all workers would support official candidates in 2017.

She was here to meet district-level party workers and hold separate meetings with rural and urban units. The meetings went on for more than two hours, during which she redressed their grievances and planned for ticket distribution.

“This is a good thing for the Congress that its workers are confident,” said Asha Kumari. “Ticket will go to deserving and winnable candidates.” Accusing the Akali-BJP government of shielding drug traders, she said that if the Congress came to power, it would re-open the case against former deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jagdish Singh Bhola, businessman Jagjit Singh Chahal, former Akali leader Maninder Singh Aulakh ‘Bittu’, and former head constables Dharamvir Singh and Sandeep Singh in a 1-kg heroin haul case.

She made a faux pas by counting 10 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in the district, but when a party leader pointed it out, she corrected herself immediately and said there was only nine seats. She had a closed-door meeting with Congress leaders at the house of party leader Dr Navjot Dahiya.

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