The Punjab Congress is busy combating the internal opposition on some prominent seats between its high-profile leaders. It seems the party has only worried about the allocation of tickets on some key posts rather than focusing on polls.
The party is totally confused over the finalizing of the candidates as the party is trying to stop the infighting of leadership.
All political parties have already announced the list of their candidates and only Congress delaying the list over the infighting within the party. Sonia Gandhi presided a meeting of Central Election Committee and cleared a majority of candidates. However, she didn’t clear some prominent seats because of the infighting within the party leaders for seats.
In Ludhiana, the two strong contenders are former Union Minister, Manisht Tewari and sitting MP Ravneet Bittu. Tewari didn’t contest the general elections from Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat. The infighting within Tewari and Bittu is on because of Ludhiana East seat. Bittu supporting Ludhiana West MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu and both are opposing Tewari’s name.
The fighting on Bhatinda Urban seat is another case in Punjab Congress. The contest is between two former state ministers, Surinder Singla and Manpreet Badal. Both are the strong contenders but only one will get the ticket. Two different lobbies are trying to convince the leadership to clear the name of the candidate.
The party is confused over the Samana seat where the former minister Lal Singh is seeking ticket for his son. However, Capt Amarinder Singh wants the ticket to be allocated to Harinder Mann, a confidant of PPCC head.
The final decision for the Derabassi and Phillaur seat is also pending. There is also resistance to dropping of some sitting MLAs over poor survey reports. But, the delay in the list will invite more trouble for the party as the number of rebels will increase day by day.