Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will hold a meeting with top leaders of the party’s Punjab unit on Wednesday in Delhi to discuss the strategy for the high-stake assembly polls in the state in 2017.
The meeting will be attended by Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh and state in-charge of the party Asha Kumari, party sources said.
Leader of opposition in the Punjab assembly Charanjit Singh Channi and the party’s campaign committee chairperson Ambika Soni will also be there.
The meeting will take place in the backdrop of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament (MP) Navjot Singh Sidhu resigning from Rajya Sabha amidst speculation that he, along with his wife, a BJP MLA, may join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The Congress, which has twice lost the Punjab assembly polls to the SAD-BJP combine, is eyeing to wrest power in the state next year.
Amarinder has already launched a mass outreach programme ‘Halke Vich Captain’ (Captain in your constituency), which Congress leaders claim has been getting a “massive response” from the public. Besides, several sessions of ‘Coffee with Captain’ had also taken place before ‘Halke Vich Captain’.
Both the programmes, centered around Amarinder, have been designed by poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) team.
Congress has already asked ticket aspirants to submit applications to the state unit by August 15 while Amarinder has said “winnability” of a candidate would be the only criteria for allotment of party tickets.
The party has even asked ticket aspirants to give an undertaking not to contest polls against any Congress candidate if they are not given tickets.