Chandigarh: In a meet the press program organized here on Wednesday, Punjab Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh said that the party will not be contesting the Khadoor Sahib bypolls. Capt Amarinder confirmed what Daily Post India had already foretold in a news report carried on January 26. Interestingly, the rest of the English media had reported that the party was very much in the fray and that Sikki would be filing his nomination on Wednesday.
Capt Singh said that Sikki did not consult him before resigning and that his vow to Guru Granth Sahib was more important than the polls. Singh reaffirmed that the people of Punjab wanted peace and if voted to power the Congress government will set up a commission to inquire into the incidents which lead to violation of peace in the state.
Captain Amarinder said that farmer suicides were a major concern in the state. The Congress leader reiterated his earlier views on AAP saying that the party was not a serious player in the Punjab election. Taking pot shots at the nascent party, Capt Amarinder said that AAP would lose all four Lok Sabha seats if polls were to be held today.
The Congress party had been giving contrary signals on party candidature for Khadoor Sahib. AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed on Monday had said that the party was contesting the by-elections and that Sikki would be the party candidate for the same. However, based on sources within Punjab Congress state unit, Daily Post India had published a report contrary to Shakeel Ahmed’s assertion.