Chandigarh MC polls verdict not a referendum on demonetisation: Captain Amarinder Singh
He said that sitting MLAs not meeting the �winnability� criterion will be dropped from the party list of candidates.
Rejecting the results of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation polls, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh called it a result of “referendum on demonetisation and a precursor to the (Punjab) assembly polls.”
He said, Issues in the Union Territory, which is controlled by the Centre, could not be compared with the issues facing Punjab electorate.
“People across Punjab are totally fed up of the Badals after their decade of misrule. Farmers are reeling under cash crunch and industries are laying off labourers and even closing down,” he said.
On complaints by Congress candidates that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were tampered with during the MC polls, Capt emphasised that Chandigarh was controlled by the Government of India.
“The Congress had raised apprehensions of EVM rigging with the election commission several months ago and hopes that the EC would heed the Congress request for use of EVMs from outside Punjab in the upcoming assembly elections. Since the EVMs available in the state are in the custody of the local administrative officials, whom the ruling SAD can easily coerce, using these machines was likely to result in manipulation of the results in the state polls,” he said.
However, he furthermore cleared the speculations over names of some sitting MLAs not figuring in the first list released by the Congress for Punjab polls. He said that sitting MLAs not meeting the ‘winnability’ criterion will be dropped from the party list of candidates.
The party had also finalised another set of 20 names, which wouldn't be compromised for anything, Captain said.
Interestingly, he also said that the one-family-one-ticket norm will be strictly adhered to, because of which it was up to the Sidhu couple to decide which of them would be in the fray.
He said he would be meeting Sidhu soon to work out the modalities of his joining the party.