While opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have already announced a number of candidates for the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections, Congress is counting on the report of at least six different polls to focus on its candidates.
The six investigations were carried out by AICC, AICC Chief Rahul Gandhi, AICC Secretary Harish Chaudhary, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab Party Chairman Navjot Singh Sidhu and the Intelligence Department. . Reports are put together to focus on the most suitable candidate.
The party plans to release its first list before Christmas, a source said. âWe have taken into account the comments of Channi, Sidhu and the head of the campaign committee Sunil Jakhar on several deputies. They are on board with more than 50 percent of names. We haven’t had a meeting going, but the list has been scanned by all three. They are on board. If all goes well, we will declare our first list soon, âsaid a source, familiar with the discussions.
He added that the party might have to change some MPs. âSome ministers might also not get the ticket this time around. The party wants to be very careful in choosing its candidates. Every seat will count because Congress currently has 80 deputies in the 117-member House. We need to take the anti-titular factor very seriously. Otherwise, it will be difficult for us, âadded the source.
The party is wary of the former chief minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who forms his own group, the Punjab Lok Congress. There are fears that the dissidents will switch to the CLP. The leader, however, said: âWe want Amarinder to take our dissidents away. It will only spoil the chances of our opponents. We will feel more secure, âsaid the chef.
Sources said several MPs wanted to swap their constituencies. âIt doesn’t suit them. Letâs see what weâre doing. We will do anything that benefits the party.
The selection committee headed by Ajay Maken also met with Punjab lawmakers in Delhi on Monday and discussed the political scenario in the state. “The panel gathered feedback on the opposition parties and their fate in the elections,” added a source.
Campaign committee leader Sunil Jakhar also called his first meeting on Wednesday. He invited Channi and Sidhu. Whether or not the duo will attend the reunion remains to be seen.
The chairman of the manifesto committee, Partap Bajwa, will also address a press conference on Tuesday.