Chandigarh: Punjab Congress today rejected the demand of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for rotating the job of Chandigarh administrator between the Governors of Haryana and Punjab. The party made it categorically clear that Chandigarh was the capital of Punjab. It said, Haryana was to make its separate capital as was agreed in the Rajiv-Longowal Accord.
Addressing a joint press conference Congress leaders including PCC president Capt Amarinder Singh, Chairperson Campaign Committee Ms Ambika Soni, AICC Secretary in charge Ms Asha Kumari, Harish Chaudhary, former Chief Minister Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, senior vice president PCC Laal Singh, Chief Spokesperson and PCC vice president Sunil Jakhar, Manpreet Badal and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal should clarify their stand on the matter.
The PCC president said, the issue needed to be settled once for all as Punjab needs to move ahead. He warned that going back on the issue can have alarming repercussions. “We need jobs for 90 lakh youths and that is not possible without investments and the investments can only come when Punjab is peaceful”, he observed.
The party also condemned ignoring of the CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi for the swearing in ceremony of the new Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore. The party said, it was a serious lapse on part of those who had organised the swearing in ceremony as the CLP leader was not just an MLA as he was holding a constitutional post.
Replying to a question, the PCC president said, there was no bar on the number of applications from a particular family. However, he added that there will be only one ticket allotted from one family. He also clarified allotting one ticket per family is restricted to the Vidhan Sabha elections only and if there is an MP from a family, it will not affect the chances of a deserving family member for the Vidhan Sabha seat.
Capt Amarinder also clarified that no Congress candidate will contest from more than one assembly segments. “One candidate will contest from one constituency only”, he said.
Giving breakup of the applicants he said, of 1661, 1025 have applied from general category while 636 have applied from reserve category. There are 116 women and 555 youth who have applied for the party tickets. Besides, he added, there was one application each from Patiala Urban, Abohar, Raja Sansi and Amritsar Central. The highest number of applications was from Balluana 29, followed by 24 in Fazilka, 21 each in Sahnewal, Bhoa, Ropar, Jalalabad and 20 from Pathankot.
All the sitting MLAs except Ms Preneet Kaur and Ms Charanjit Kaur Bajwa have applied for the party tickets from their respective constituencies.
The PCC president also defended the Congress workers who removed the Akali Dal and Badals’ posters from the Punjab Roadways and PRTC buses. He said, it was a state property and the Akalis have no right to misuse it.
Replying to a question about six deaths in two accidents caused by the Badals’ buses, Capt Amarinder said, the drivers had become a law unto themselves. He said, he had already announced that the Badals’ monopoly will be finished and the extra route permits will be distributed among the unemployed youth.
Earlier, Capt Amarinder presided over a joint meeting of various committees set up for the purpose of providing feedback to the Manifesto Committee.
Those who attended the meeting included AICC Secretary in charge Ms Asha Kumari, Harish Chaudhary, Ms Ambika Soni, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Laal Singh, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Partap Singh Bajwa, Sunil Jakhar, Manpreet Badal, Raja Warring, Amarpreet Singh Laly, Vijay Inder Singla, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Kuljeet Nagra, Raj Kumar Chabbewal, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Laly Majithia, Inderjeet Singh Zira, Rajiv Bhagat, Sukhwinder Danny and Manmohan Singh.
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