Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Saturday tweeted pictures of a ‘packed house’ from his rally in Punjab’s Halka Payal. “Addressed a packed house at Halka Payal during my election rally. The mood of the people is clear, Congress will form government in Punjab,” he said.
Earlier, it was reported that Congress will soon announce Capt Amaninder Singh as its chief ministerial candidate for the state. Singh had recently declared that this will be his last election and will take on current chief minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi. In a conversation with The Indian Express, Singh said vice president Rahul Gandhi will declare his name as the chief ministerial candidate when he comes to Punjab to campaign in the next few days. However, he didn’t rule-out any last minute change in party strategy.
As per sources, many senior leaders of the party including Singh, former state unit president Partap Singh Bajwa and Navjot Singh Sidhu, who joined the party recently and is contesting from Punjab, have already been sounded out.
Announcing a CM candidate is expected to consolidate votes for Congress as it will end all speculation on who will be the lead the state if party comes to power.
Even in 2012, Rahul Gandhi had announced Amarinder’s contendership as the chief ministerial candidate at a rally in Tarn Taran district on January 25. However, Congress along with Singh lost the elections and many leaders were of the opinion that the announcement was made too late and hadn’t reached all voters.