Punjab polls: Sukhbir Badal, Amarinder Singh term Kejriwal-led AAP as 'gone case'
As assembly election in Punjab in around the corner, Badal indicated the battle is more or less between the SAD and the Congress.
SAD President Sukhbir Badal and Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh, who shared a dias on Friday, termed the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party as a "gone case" for the 2017 state Assembly polls.
"Punjablis like to try something new...they buy new mobile and discard old one and if they don't like new one they discard it also, so people have discarded him (Kejriwal). They (AAP) are gone case in Punjab," Badal, who is also Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, said at the HT Leadership Summit in New Delhi.
"Mark my words! Out of 117 seats in Punjab, AAP will not get more than 8 or 9 seats. They are gone case in Punjab," he said.
The Congress, according to The Indian Express report, is planning to declare its candidates for most of the 117 Assembly seats by December 8.
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot led the screening commitee of Punjab Congress. He has reached a consensus on about 60 candidates.
The report said the list will come up for the final nod from Congress Election Committee (CEC) at a meeting on Saturday to be presided over by party president Sonia Gandhi. The English newspaper citing sources reported that she has communicated that she would chair the meeting. The party may release the first list after this meeting or on Sunday although sources said the leaders were planning to come out with a single list on December 8.
It is also reported that the screening committee would hold another round of meeting to finalise names of the remaining candidates. This second list would get CEC stamp at its second meeting scheduled for December 8, said a source, adding that if all goes well, the complete list of 117 candidates would be out that day only.