Chandigarh:The final list of Congress candidates for the February 4 assembly polls in Punjab will be out by January 9, state party chief Captain Amarinder Singh said here on Friday.
The party has so far declared candidates for 77 out of the total of 117 assembly seats.
Amarinder dismissed criticism that the Congress was late in declaring the last list of the remaining 40 candidates.
“Even the BJP has not declared any candidate so far…The last list of Congress candidates will be out by January 9,” he said here.
Either Navjot Singh Sidhu or his wife Navjot Kaur would be fielded from the Amritsar (East) seat, he said. “Sidhu will be a star campaigner for the party.” The ex-Army captain also appeared unperturbed on reports that Akali Dal was contemplating fielding former Army chief J J Singh against him from the Patiala seat. “It would be for the first time in the history of Army that a Captain defeats the General.”
Admitting that “dissidence” takes place every time candidates are declared by the party, he assured that those candidates who are left out and support the party nominee will be suitably accommodated after government formation in the state.
He asserted that the party would not climb down from its condition of giving one ticket per family and added that he had recommended “winnable” candidates to the high command.
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