CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee head, Captain Amarinder Singh announced he would contest the assembly polls from Lambi constituency against Chief Minister Parkash Badal. Lambi is home constituency of the current CM.
It will be first time in history that a former Chief Minister will contest the presiding one, and that too on his home turf. Captain Amarinder Singh is also contesting the election from his home ground of Patiala.
Some political analysts are commenting that the Captain is aiding CM Badal as he is likely to sorely lose against the fresh faced Jarnail Singh of the AAP. The Captain stepping into the foray is helping to split the vote bank for Jarnail Singh, which may make it harder for the AAP to win outright.
“I want to fight the CM on his home turf to defeat top Akali leaders responsible for destroying the state their drugs, mafia and goonda raj, and guilty of ruining its trade, industry and agriculture. It would free Punjab from vicious and destructive rules of Badals”, Captain said on January 14.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has welcomed the Captain Amarinder Singh’s decision to contest election from Lambi constituency. But he also had a dig that he ought to wait for a nod from his high command in Delhi.