CM of Punjab Amarinder Singh said he will resign if the Congress does not perform well in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Punjab on Thursday.
“I would take responsibility and quit if the Congress is wiped out in the state in these Lok Sabha elections. All ministers and MLAs have been made responsible for the Congress party’s performance in the state,” Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said.
“The party high command had decided to hold the ministers and legislators accountable for the victory/defeat of the Congress candidates. I am ready to take the same responsibility for the state but I am confident that Congress will sweep all Lok Sabha seats in Punjab,” Capt Amarinder Singh said.
Amarinder Singh returned as chief minister of Punjab in 2017 after a decade rule of Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party. Congress won 77 out of the 117 seats in Punjab assembly elections.
Rejecting Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s claims on being denied ticket from Amritsar, Captain Amarinder Singh said the former was offered the chance to contest from the holy city but she refused.
Capt Amarinder said in a statement, “Ticket allocation was done by the Congress high command in Delhi, and they had chosen not to accept Navjot Kaur’s application for the ticket to contest from Chandigarh. Chandigarh seat does not come under Punjab and thus I had no role in the selection of a candidate from there.”
“However, had I been asked, I would frankly tell the high command that Pawan Bansal, the chosen candidate of the party, was a better choice. She had been offered ticket from Amritsar and Bathinda, but she refused the same,” Amarinder said.
Earlier, Navjot Kaur had told ANI, “Captain Sahib and Asha Kumari think Madam Sidhu does not deserve an MP ticket. I was denied the ticket from Amritsar on the ground that I could not win.”
She wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh, but the leader was denied a ticket from the constituency. Congress fielded former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal from the seat.
Following this, there were reports that Navjot Kaur might contest from Amritsar, the coveted seat from where Amarinder Singh had won against BJP’s Arun Jaitley in the 2014 general elections. The party fielded sitting lawmaker Gurjit Singh Aujla from there.