Punjab Congress divided on CM candidate
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Last Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011, 20:10
Patiala: Differences have appeared in the state Congress unit over the nomination of the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) vice-president Lal Singh on Friday announced that Amarinder Singh would be next chief minister if the party returns to power in the state.

Lal is the second Punjab Congress leader after Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa who has spoken in favour of Amarinder.

During the conference held here for the 'Punjab Bachao Yatra', Lal Singh said people want to see Amarinder as the Chief Minister of Punjab.

Leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, a known bete noire of Amarinder, however, contested the claim of both Bajwa and Lal Singh.

She told reporters that it was the purely the prerogative of Congress President Sonia Gandhi to elect the CM candidate.

"The appointment of chief ministerial candidate is the right of Congress high command...Our priority right now is to win the elections. It is up to the high command and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to take a decision on who will occupy the top post if the party is voted to power," Bhattal said.


First Published: Friday, November 11, 2011, 20:10

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