Chandigarh: Punjab Congress President
Amarinder Singh on Saturday appealed to the rebels who have filed
their nomination papers against the party`s official
candidates in the January 20 assembly polls, to withdraw from
Amarinder, who had earlier talked tough saying
blackmailing tactics by rebels will not be tolerated, tried to
pursuade them today.
The former Chief Minister said he understands the
situation since it is everybody’s aim to be part of the action
when they feel party is headed back to power.
"However, given the fact that there are just 117 assembly
segments against about 1500 applicants which we had received,
it is obvious that several deserving candidates were left
out," Amarinder said in a statement here.
The PCC President said the party was well aware and
equally concerned about such leaders who have given their
everything to the party and stood with it against all odds,
particularly during the last five years when they had to
face the "vendetta" of Akali-BJP government.
He pointed out the rebel candidates can only harm the
interest of the party.
Amarinder said it is the duty of all the party-men to
work together and ensure Congress` victory in these elections
in the interest of the party, party-men and Punjab as a whole.
He also said if Congress comes back to power, they will
miss the bus.
"If they (rebels) do not withdraw, the party will have to
take disciplinary action against all of them and they will not
be the part of the government (if Congress comes to power) and
there will be no possibility of their joining back even if
they want," he said.
With Congress having to tackle a large number of rebels
in poll fray, the party had earlier deputed its General
Secretary B K Hariprasad to talk to them and dissuade them
from entering the contest.
The rebels include former minister Gurkanwal Kaur,
daughter of assassinated chief minister Beant Singh, who had
opposed the nomination of Jagbir Singh Brar.
Brar had quit SAD to float the PPP along with Manpreet
Singh Badal and recently joined Congress. Brar had defeated
Gurkanwal in 2007 polls.