Amritsar: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that he would resign from his post if Congress party does not perform well in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in the state. He reportedly said, “I would take responsibility and quit if the Congress is wiped out in the state in these Lok Sabha elections. All ministers and MLAs have been made responsible for the Congress party’s performance in the state.”
He further stated that the party high command had decided to hold the ministers and legislators accountable if the Congress candidates win or lose. Amarinder Singh said, “I am ready to take the same responsibility for the state but I am confident that Congress will sweep all Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.”
Meanwhile, Navjot Kaur had refused to contest from Amritsar claiming that she was denied ticket. Rejecting the allegations, Amarinder Singh stated, “Ticket allocation was done by the Congress high command in Delhi, and they had chosen not to accept Navjot Kaur’s application for the ticket to contest from Chandigarh. Chandigarh seat does not come under Punjab and thus I had no role in the selection of a candidate from there.”
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The Punjab Chief Minister affirmed it was Navjot Kaur who refused the offer ticket to the seats in Amritsar and Bathinda. He added, “However, had I been asked, I would frankly tell the high command that Pawan Bansal, the chosen candidate of the party, was a better choice.”
Earlier, Navjot Kaur reportedly said, “Captain Sahib (Amarinder Singh) and Asha Kumari think Madam Sidhu does not deserve an MP ticket. I was denied the ticket from Amritsar on the ground that I could not win.”
Amritsar is the coveted seat from where Amarinder Singh had won against BJP’s Arun Jaitley in the 2014 general elections.
(With ANI inputs)