Punjab News Graft, economy will be poll issues: Capt


Staff member
Ferozepur May 18:

Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh said here that the Congress would raise the issues of atrocities and registration of false criminal cases against Congress men, corruption and mismanagement of the state economy during the coming assembly elections.

He said factionalism did not worry him as “I believe in internal democracy.” He said what had alarmed him was the clash between two groups of Congress workers in the presence of senior party leaders in Ferozepore recently. He said the chief whip of the Congress Legislature Party in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, had been made vice-president of Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee as per the recommendations of party high command. Sodhi is MLA from Guru Harsahai.

All the names that figured in the list of office-bearers of the party’s organisational setup had been approved by the high command. Some senior leaders like Avtar Singh Brar, Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and others could not be accommodated and he had made a request to party president Sonia Gandhi to allow him to expand the PPCC.

“To accommodate left-out deserving candidates, I have urged Sonia Gandhi to allow the Punjab Congress to follow the old pattern in constituting its organisational body,” he said. He made it clear that winnability would be the sole criterion while selecting party candidates for the next assembly elections. He expressed his displeasure over the conduct of a particular Congress leader who, he said, had stopped other Congress men of the area from attending his function at City Plaza here.