Punjab Congress President and former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has decided to contest the Assembly elections of 2017 from Lambi, which is the home turf of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The decision can be a breakthrough or a setback considering the huge support Badal enjoys in this constituency. Meanwhile, Captain Singh will also contest from his homeland Patiala.
Captain Singh is ‘confident’ of a victory against Badal. He had earlier stated that he had sought the party high command’s permission to contest from Badal’s constituency Lambi to ensure the total defeat of the Akali leadership in Punjab responsible for destroying the state through drugs, mafia and ‘goonda raj’.
While Captain Singh contests against Parkash Singh Badal, the Congress party has also decided to pitch their Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu against Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad, which is also the constituency where Aam Aadmi Party’s Bhagwant Mann will contest from. Bittu is being seen as a safe bet considering his past record. In 2009, Bittu won the Lok Sabha elections from the Anandpur Sahib seat and also went on to win the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Ludhiana.
The Congress’s ploy in Punjab is turning interesting with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s entry into the party, and with the party deciding to contest its strongest man Captain Singh against Parkash Singh Badal. Assembly elections in the state will be held on February 4, where the people of Punjab will vote for 117 legislative seats.