Congress to con­test Lok Sabha polls alone in Pun­jab

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL -

New Delhi/chandi­garh: Pun­jab’s rul­ing Congress will con­test the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions in the state on its own and will not go in for an al­liance with any party, in­clud­ing the Aam Aadmi Party, sources said. Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Amarinder Singh on Wednesday con­veyed to the Congress high com­mand the party state unit’s opin­ion against go­ing for any po­lit­i­cal al­liance in the state for the forth­com­ing elec­tions.

Talk­ing to me­dia after a meet­ing with senior Congress lead­ers in Delhi on Wednesday, Amarinder said they dis­cussed the party mat­ters, par­tic­u­larly re­lat­ing to the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress lead­ers present in the meet­ing in­cluded Ahmed Pa­tel, A.K. Antony, Jairam Ramesh, Ma­likar­juna Kharge and Ghu­lam Nabi Azad.

Amarinder was ac­com­pa­nied Pun­jab Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (PPCC) pres­i­dent Su­nil Jakhar. On al­liance in Pun­jab, Amarinder said both he and the Pun­jab Congress pres­i­dent had told the Congress cen­tral lead­er­ship that the they would go on their own and win all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“As far as a na­tional al­liance is con­cerned, it was up to the party high com­mand to de­cide,” Amarinder said, mak­ing it clear that the Congress in Pun­jab did not need any al­liance.

There were re­ports that the Congress could go in for an al­liance with the AAP and other par­ties at the na­tional level for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA).

Amarinder Singh

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