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New to Cong, but Dr Sidhu already in campaign mode, ‘party will answer’ to ticket aspirants

No announcement of tickets as yet; newly-inducted Congress leader, a CPS in the ruling SAD-BJP regime not so long ago, says the high command will soon answer those questioning ticket being given to her from the constituency.

punjab Updated: Dec 02, 2016 00:08 IST
Aseem Bassi
Aseem Bassi
Hindustan Times
Navjot Sidhu,Congress,Sunil Datti
Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu being welcomed with garlands of currency notes by her supporters after arrival in Amritsar on Thursday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Back in town after joining the Congress, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who will start campaigning in Amritsar-East from Friday, said the high command will soon answer party members opposed to her being given a ticket for the assembly polls from the constituency. The Congress has not announced the tickets as yet.

“I know that some people are opposed to me getting a party ticket. The party will answer them. They should respect the decision of the party high command. I have no ego and am willing to work as a team with even those opposed to me now,” she said.

“I have no ego and am willing to work as a team with even those opposed to me now.”

“It is only natural that of the many people looking for a ticket, some will be upset,” she added, telling workers who met her at the residence that she would start her campaign from Friday and seek votes for the Congress on the agenda of development.

Many Congress leaders, unhappy with Dr Sidhu making claims that she would contest on a party ticket, are camping in Delhi.

Dinesh Bassi, secretary, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), said, “Party workers are unhappy with the impression being created that the ticket for the constituency has already been decided. I have informed the party high command of this. For years, we worked and raised our voice against BJP leader Dr Sidhu. How can we now go to people and ask them to vote for her?.” Bassi is also considered to be in the race for a Congress ticket from the constituency.

Former Amritsar mayor and Congress candidate from Amritsar-East constituency in 2012 elections, Sunil Datti, said, “I will respect the decision of party high command and Captain Amarinder Singh. However, I will consult workers at a rally as they are also my high command. I have worked in the constituency for years and can say that the worker is definitely demoralised.”

First Published: Dec 02, 2016 00:04 IST