CHANDIGARH: As Congress strives to keep its herds together and CPC leader Navjot Singh Sidhu lobbies for a name announcement for the party’s candidate for Punjab CM, the leader of the Election campaign Sunil Jakhar has made it clear that the party’s high command will not announce its CM candidate before the polls.
Jakhar said the high command declaration of Captain Amarinder Singh as their CM candidate ahead of the 2017 elections was an exception. “This time around, the high command has decided that the Punjab’s polls will take place under their collective leadership, whether someone likes it or not,” Jakhar said, adding that only elected lawmakers would choose their leader.
After the congressional selection committee meeting in Delhi on Wednesday, Jakhar said the final list of candidates would be released by the central electoral committee headed by AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
Despite Jakhar’s claim, Sidhu reiterated on Wednesday that the people of Punjab wanted to know “who will take them out of the kichar (mud) and how?” People also want to know the roadmap, âhe told a television station. He said in the 2017 polls he himself asked the Aam Aadmi party “where was the groom in their wedding procession?” So naturally people will ask me the same question this time.
At the same time, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi indirectly urged people at a public rally in Patiala district to give him a chance to become CM again. âAAP said you saw Akalis and Congress, so give us a chance. I say you also saw Captain (Amarinder Singh) and (Parkash Singh) Badal. If you are happy with my work during these two months, give me a chance again, âChanni said.