New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is believed to be unwilling to contest the Lok Sabha elections 2019 from Amritsar in Punjab, after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, state in-charge Asha Kumari and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar called on him on Saturday.
The trio is believed to have made a ‘fervent request’ to Singh, urging him to contest the General election from the city of Golden Temple.
Sources say that the Punjab Congress is deliberating on its win-ability ahead of the Lok Sabha election against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and tried to rope in the 86-year-old leader to help their ‘sinking ship’. But it is believed that Dr Manmohan Singh has not “responded positively” so far
However, speaking to the media recently, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had exuded confidence and said, “Punjab Congress is fully geared to fight the Lok Sabha polls. We’ll sweep the elections.”
All 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will go to polls on May 19 and the results will be out on May 23. Amarinder Singh joined other members of Punjab Pradesh Congress Screening Committee in shortlisting the candidates at a meeting at Kapurthala House in Delhi on Sunday. It was a preliminary meeting and candidates for the seats were shortlisted, the chief minister told mediapersons in an informal interaction after the meeting.
This is not first time that Singh has been offered to contest election from Amritsar. In 2009, he had declined contest citing his ill health.
The two-time Prime Minister has been a Rajya Sabha member since 1991 from Assam and his term is due to expire on June 14.