Sonia Gandhi should decide the new PCC chief: Amarinder
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:49
Patiala: Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, a strong contender for the post of Punjab Congress chief, today said the decision on the new state party president should be left to Sonia Gandhi.

"It is a tradition that the members of PCC normally authorise Congress president to decide the candidate for the post of PCC president. PCC president should be her choice," said Singh, who arrived to a rousing reception in his home town from Delhi following the Supreme Court quashing his expulsion from the state assembly.

Singh, who was accompanied by his wife Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs, said that by the month of July the picture will be clear on who will head Punjab Congress.

Asked about his chances of becoming the president of state unit, Singh said he will abide by the decision of the Congress president.

"It will be done on national basis. It will be elections if the Congress president thinks otherwise," he added.

Asked about taking part in the SGPC elections, he said, "It is our private right to support credible alternative against the candidates of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal."

Asked about supporters of leader of opposition and his bete-noire Rajinder Kaur Bhatal staying away from his reception, he said, "in Amritsar 35 Congress MLAs have joined me and now it was my home town. I don't bother who comes and who does not".

Veteran Congress leader and MLA from Samana Brahm Mohindra also preferred to stay away from Singh's reception.

Singh travelled in an open jeep from the airport and was accompanied by a large number of supporters. Banners were put on the road from airport to the Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib.

No employee or priest of SGPC came forward to give siropa (robe of honour) to Singh at the Gurdwara. Singh also went to Kali Devi Mata mandir to pay obeisance.


First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:49

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