Chandigarh:The Punjab Congress is finding it hard to accommodate turncoats, with top leaders of the party having differences over their nominations as candidates for the ensuing Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections.
The turncoats have become bone of contention for the party which as a result Congress has been forced to delay announcing candidates on remaining seats.
The ongoing tug-of-war between two groups of the Congress over the turncoats, the contentious seats have been put on hold. Party insiders disclosed that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has also taken a serious note of the proposal to field turncoats instead of giving a change to the leaders and works working for the party for decades.
While Punjab Congress Committee (PCC) President Capt Amarinder Singh has, time and again, said that win ability will be the main criteria for giving tickets to candidates, leaders of his rival group including former PCC presidents SS Dullo, Partap Singh Bajwa, Ambika Soni and others, however, are advocating for the party loyalists.
It is learnt that the Punjab Congress is on the verge of splitting if the tickets were given to the turncoats in Jalandhar, Amritsar, Moga, Dera Bassi and some others. While Amarinder Singh is in favour of fielding the turncoats here, his rival group is against his candidates, here.
Raised voice against fielding less experience leaders from Sunam, Duri and other seats, the party leaders have also sought that their candidatures should be reviewed.
Interestingly, the leaders are tightlipped on ticket allotment to ‘high profile turncoats’ Olympian Pargat Singh, former Akali leader, and Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, former BJP leader, who are considered paratroopers and landed in the party with their direct links with Priyanka Gandhi, daughter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The Pathankot seat is still undecided. From here party candidates former MLAs Ashok Sharma, Raman Bhalla and youth Congress leader Kartik Vadhera are in the ticket race. While Bhalla is a close associate of Bajwa and Sharma is Amarinder’s confident.
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