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Congress to form Punjab election committee

The committee will recommend to the party high command the names of candidates for finalization by the central election committee.
Capt Amarinder Singh : Punjab Congress president
The AICC on Friday announced the formation of a 34-member election committee for Punjab. It will be headed by state party chief Amarinder Singh, but the committee’s members have been selected in a way to give representation to all factions.
The committee will recommend to the party high command the names of candidates for finalization by the central election committee.
The AICC also announced the formation of a 17-member manifesto committee, which will be chaired by former deputy chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.
Manpreet Singh Badal, estranged nephew of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who merged his outfit PPP with the Congress some time ago, will co-chair the manifesto committee and also head the four-member manifesto drafting committee.
“Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has approved the Punjab Pradesh Congress Election Committee, manifesto committee and manifesto drafting committee for Punjab Assembly elections 2017,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.
The 34-member state election panel includes CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi, state’s campaign committee chief Ambika Soni, former CLP leader Sunil Jakhar and former deputy chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, besides former PCC chiefs Pratap Singh Bajwa, H S Hanspal, Shamsher Singh Dullo, Virender Kataria, Mohinder Singh Kaypee.
The panel also includes senior vice-president Lal Singh and party MPs Ravneet Singh Bittu and Santokh Singh, besides former union ministers Preneet Kaur and Manish Tewari.
Indian Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and presidents of state Youth Congress, Mahila Congress, NSUI and Seva Dal are also members of this committee.
The Manifesto Committee is headed by Bhattal and co-chaired by Manpreet Badal, with many other members including former Amritsar mayor Om Prakash Soni.
Four-member manifesto drafting committee, headed by Badal, will include senior leaders Amar Singh, Ashok Gupta and Dilbar Mohd Khan.
The Congress has been in the political wilderness in Punjab for a decade and is seeking to wrest back power from the ruling Akali-BJP combine in Assembly elections slated early next year.
While the Congress has launched a vigorous campaign to reach out to every section of society, new entrant AAP is giving a good fight to it.
The party has also hired poll strategist Prashant Kishore for steering its campaign. Kishore had earlier worked for Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar.
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