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Cong first list of candidates for Punjab out tomorrow, remaining on Dec 8: Capt

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said on Friday that the party will release the first list of candidates for the 2017 state assembly polls on Saturday, as he termed political rival AAP as “gone case”. Describing AAP as a “movement of frustration”, he ruled out any alliance between his party and AAP, before or after elections. “It (alliance) is out of question. They (AAP) are nowhere in the state,” he said. Hitting out at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, Amarinder said, “There are 117 seats in Punjab, he can contest against me from whichever seat he wants to...”

punjab Updated: Dec 02, 2016 21:01 IST
Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief Minister of Punjab, (right) and Capt Amarinder Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, in a discussion during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Friday, December 2.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, deputy chief Minister of Punjab, (right) and Capt Amarinder Singh, president, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, in a discussion during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Friday, December 2.(Arun Sharma/HT)

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said on Friday that the party will release the first list of candidates for the 2017 state assembly polls on Saturday, as he termed political rival AAP as “gone case”.

Describing AAP as a “movement of frustration”, he ruled out any alliance between his party and AAP, before or after elections. “It (alliance) is out of question. They (AAP) are nowhere in the state,” he said.

Hitting out at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, Amarinder said, “I asked him (Kejriwal) for debate...but he did not come...he wants to be chief minister of Punjab, he should debate with me. There are 117 seats in Punjab, he can contest against me from whichever seat he wants to...”

He also challenged BJP leader and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to contest from Amritsar as a “referendum on demonetisation.”

Replying to a question whether cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Siddhu would join Congress, Amarinder said he would be meeting Sidhu after he comes back from his shooting schedule in Mumbai. He expressed confidence that Sidhu would join the Congress.

The Congress leader added that the party will announce the remaining list of candidates on December 8.