Captain Amarinder to be Declared Cong’s CM Face
AAP has been taking pot-shots on Congress asking if Singh didn’t enjoy Rahul Gandhi’s confidence anymore. However, Senior Congress leaders have rubbished such talk, saying AAP itself faces dilemma over its CM face
New Delhi: The Congress would declare Captain Amarinder Singh as the Chief Minister candidate before the Punjab elections and both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have assured Singh to that effect, senior Congress leaders have told ET. “The party wishes to announce the same from the official AICC forum and not in response to a media query as it was in Chandigarh. Both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have told Singh that he will be made the CM face. Even in 2012, Singh was announced as a CM candidate just four days before the polls…there are 10 months to go for the 2017 polls. Even the candidates list will be announced only in 3-4 months’ time,” a senior party leader said, speaking on condition of anonymity. On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi in Chandigarh stopped short of naming Singh as the CM candidate, only saying this much that Singh is leader of the party in Punjab but MLAs would decide the CM after the polls. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been taking pot-shots on Congress subsequently, asking if Singh did not enjoy Rahul Gandhi’s confidence anymore.
Senior Congress leaders associated with the Punjab campaign ho-
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wever rubbish such talk, saying AAP itself faces a dilemma over its own CM face. “During the Chandigarh trip, Singh has also asked Rahul that at least 35-40 tickets should be given to youngsters this time- …including 10-12 women. Rahul was in agreement with the same as a big proportion of Punjab’s population is under 40 years of age. The formula being drawn up is one ticket per family,” another Congress leader said. Singh on Monday left for US and Canada for a 3-week tour of nine cities to seek support from Punjabi diaspora. He has said at his ‘Coffee with Captain” events that this is his last election and he will retire if Congress does not win. “AAP does not stand a chance in Punjab given many issues of rift with Haryana to which AAP’s most popular face, Arvind Kejriwal belongs. Issues of SYL canal, Chandigarh as capital etc - will Kejriwal favour Punjab or Haryana?” a Congress leader said. Rahul Gandhi in Chandigarh had also said Congress’ main fight was not with AAP but Akali Dal — contrary to C-Voter and Huffington Post poll recently predicting an AAP sweep in Punjab. “BJP and Akalis will be fighting these polls separately…but they could rejoin after the polls,” a Congress leader claimed. Office of RG @OfficeOfRG
I’m confident that Cong led by Captain will win the polls &make Punjab the No.1 state once again!
AAP does not stand a chance in Punjab given many issues of rift with Haryana to which AAP’s most popular face, Arvind Kejriwal belongs. Issues of SYL canal, Chandigarh as capital etc - will Kejriwal favour Punjab or Haryana?”
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