‘Winnability, not dynasty, criterion for ticket allocation’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2015 23:31 IST
Punjab Congress campaign committee vice-president and Nabha MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot interacting with the media on Tuesday in Jalandhar. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Punjab Congress campaign committee vice-president and Nabha MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot on Tuesday said the party would declare its candidates for the assembly polls in advance and there would be no favoritism in ticket allocation, unlike in the past.

Addressing mediapersons here, the Congress MLA, said unlike last time the party would not commit any mistake in distribution of tickets to ‘winnable’ candidates and no dynastic rule would be adopted while fielding the candidates.

He said the party rank and file is fully energised after the comeback of Captain Amarinder Singh as state Congress chief and the rally in Bathinda has proved this.

On the statement made by Ludhiana Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu over showing his reservations against making any poll arrangement with the People’s Party of Punjab, Dharamsot said such statement from an open stage was unfortunate.

“Such things should be discussed in internal forums of the party and not from the stage. Moreover, it’s the party high command that has to take the call over any such alliance possibilities,” said the Congress MLA.

About the promise of Amarinder at the Bathinda rally that he would eradicate drugs in Punjab within four weeks of his becoming Punjab chief minister, Dharamsot said that if the government has the will it could do anything.

On a debate on if liquor also included in the list of “nasha”, Dharamsot while evading a direct reply said that it is up to the people to judge it.

“As far as legal sale of liquor, its buying and consumption is concerned it is not illegal”, Dharamsot said adding that however it would be decided by the government of day, whether it want to ban liquor too.

“It seems it is not viable to ban liquor, as once Haryana did it and it had to take the U-turn later on”, he added.

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