Punjab Cong rejects Haryana’s suggestion of rotating UT administrator’s job

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 24, 2016 11:21 IST
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (HT File Photo)

The Punjab Congress on Tuesday rejected Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s suggestion of rotating the job of the Chandigarh administrator between governors of Haryana and Punjab.

Addressing a joint press conference here, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh, party’s campaign committee chairperson Ambika Soni and state affairs in-charge Asha Kumari said Chandigarh was the capital of Punjab. They said Haryana was to make its separate capital as agreed in the Rajiv-Longowal accord. The Congress leaders said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal should clarify their stand on Chandigarh.

The party also condemned the state government for not inviting Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi as the leader of opposition for the swearing in ceremony of Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore. It was a lapse on part of those who had organised the swearing in ceremony, they said.

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Replying to a question, Amarinder said there was no bar on the number of applications for tickets from a particular family. But only one member of the family will get the party ticket, he said, adding that allotting one ticket per family is restricted only to assembly elections and if there is an MP from a family, it will not affect the chances of a deserving member for the upcoming polls.

He also clarified that no Congress candidate would contest from more than one assembly segment.

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