Nawanshahar: Congress will go it alone in the
Assembly elections in Punjab next year and sweep the polls,
PCC chief Amarinder Singh on Friday said.
Congress is not seeking alliance with any political party
in the state and will sweep the elections entirely on its own,
the former chief minister told reporters here.
The Congress leader, who was speaking to reporters after
meeting party workers from three Assembly segments of
Nawashahar, Balachaur and Banga, said unlike the Akalis and
the BJP, the Congress did not need any alliance partners in
He said although the BSP had already spurned Chief
Minister Parkash Singh Badal`s offer of a tie-up, even if the
alliance had materialised the party would still be defeated.]
Replying to a question whether the district presidents
will be able to contest the forthcoming polls in the state,
Singh said there is no bar on anyone seeking a party ticket.
The PCC will make recommendations based on the winning
chances of the candidates and the final decision will be taken
by Congress President Sonia Gandhi only, he said.
The PCC President said so far he had covered 72 Assembly
segments where he met the workers.
Describing it as a useful exercise, he said a lot of
positive suggestions had come up which will be forwarded
to the manifesto committee of the party.
Amarinder said, once in power, his party will explore the
possibility of allowing the people having farmland along the
foothills to level it so that it can be properly irrigated.
He said, people had complained to him while influential
Akalis were being given a free hold inside the forest land,
the common and ordinary farmers were not even allowed to
level their own land adjacent to the foothills.