Withdraw nominations before Tuesday, or face expulsion, Amarinder Singh warns Congress rebel candidates
Saying the interests of Punjab and it's people were supreme, Amarinder Singh urged the rebels to opt out in favour of the Congress nominees to put up a united front to defeat the "anti-people" Akali Dal-BJP alliance and AAP
The Punjab Congress president and Chief Ministerial candidate Amaraindaer Singh on Monday has warned the rebel candidates to withdraw their nominations by Tuesday or face expulsion from the party.
Saying the interests of Punjab and it's people were supreme, Amarinder Singh urged the rebels to opt out in favour of the Congress nominees to put up a united front to defeat the "anti-people" Akali Dal-BJP alliance and AAP. He also said anything for personal gains could not be popped up to compromise the ultimatum.
He was attacking the rebels who refused to mind the party's request for withdrawal of candidature, despite the Congress's promise that they would be accommodated if the party forms the government in the state, and said it amounted to party's disciplinary ethics violation.
The Chief Ministerial candidate of Congress, however said that the rebel candidate's presence in the poll battle would not have a great impact on the poll prospects of the party.
He expressed his confidence over the party's selection of candidates and believed that they would help the Congress to win the polls with two-thirds majority to restore Punjab's "lost glory".
Being uncompromisable on his stand against rebel candidates, Amarinder Singh said he had asked the party national president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to show no mercy in dealing with the renegades.
Asking the party national leadership to expel such dissidents for permanently and close all doors for re-entry, he said this should be the last chance for rein the rebels by getting their retirement before Tuesday evening.
Captain Amarinder also expressed gratitude towards rebels who already had put in their papers before last day of filing nominations, saying it was now party's responsibility to take care of their interests.
He said he would personally ensure that they are not let down on this count and are accommodated in key positions to take the Congress agenda of governance and development forward after the formation of its government in the state.