Can't Accommodate All Ticket Aspirants, Says Amarinder Singh Amid Rumours of Rift in Congress
Fissures in the Punjab unit of Congress were exposed when its leader Mohinder Singh Kaypee recently floated the idea of a separate party.
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh. (Photo: Twitter)
Jalandhar: Brushing aside resentment among party leaders over denial of tickets, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Saturday said with only 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state, it was impossible to accommodate all 177 aspirants.
He said the decision to allot tickets was taken by the Congress high command based on candidates' winnability.
"Tickets were allotted to balance youth with experience," Singh told mediapersons after welcoming former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Chandan Garewal into the Congress.
Asked about reports of some disgruntled Congress leaders preparing to form a separate Congress Taksali, the chief minister said it was not possible to accommodate all ticket aspirants.
He said he hoped better sense would prevail among these leaders and they would work for the success of the Congress.
Responding to a question about denial of ticket to senior Congress leader and former Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Singh pointed out that he had unsuccessfully contested on party tickets thrice in the past and even his wife had been given a chance, but she too had lost.
The idea of Congress Taksali was floated by Kaypee at a meeting of party leaders and workers in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Besides him, Shamsher Singh Dullo and Santosh Choudhary are two other Congress veterans who have been sulking over denial of ticket for the May 19 elections.
(With inputs from PTI)
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