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Congress leaders meet Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH, January 8:

Several prominent Congress leaders who were not able to get the party nomination for the coming assembly elections met the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder here today and yesterday and assured him that they will work for the party candidates to ensure that the Congress comes back to power in Punjab.
Prominent among those who met the PCC President today and yesterday included PCC general secretary Fateh Jang Bajwa, convenor of the Ex Servicemen Cell Laly Jawandha from Dhuri, former MLA Kanwaljit Laly and Tejinder Singh Bittu, both from Jallandhar, Manoj Arora, Jagjivanpal Singh Gill, Amarinder Singh Libra, Raghubir Singh from Gidderbaha, Ramesh Singla, Rajbir Singh Padiala, Jagtar Singh Rajla and others.
Capt Amarinder assured them that the leadership was very much appreciative of their contribution and long standing in the party. However, he pointed out, since only one candidate could be nominated from one seat all of them could not be accommodated. “It should in no way mean that they were in any way less capable”, he made it clear, while adding, it was a difficult choice.
These leaders told the PCC President that they stood by him and the party and they will work for its victory and ensure that Punjab is rid off the corrupt Akali-BJP regime. Capt Amarinder told them that once Congress comes to power each one of them will be suitably accommodated in the government.

Congress announces 114 names for Punjab poll

The Congress party has released the list of candidates for 114 out of 117 assembly seats of Punjab. Punjab Congress Chief Capt Amarinder Singh will contest from Patiala while his son Raninder Singh is party’s choice from Samana constituency. The following is the complete list.

S.No District No. & Name of Constituency Selected Candidates
1 Gurdaspur 3 Pathankot Raman Bhalla
2 Gurdaspur 4 Gurdaspur Raman Behl
3 Gurdaspur 5 Dina Nagar – SC Smt. Aruna Choudhary
4 Gurdaspur 6 Qadian Smt. Charanjeet Kaur Bajwa
5 Gurdaspur 7 Batala Ashwani Shekhri
6 Gurdaspur 8 Sri Hargobindpur – SC Balvinder Singh Laddi
7 Gurdaspur 9 Fatehgarh Churian Tript Rajinder Bajwa
8 Gurdaspur 10 Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Randhawa
9 Amritsar 11 Ajnala Harpratap Singh Ajnala
10 Amritsar 12 Raja Sansi Sukhbinder Sarkaria
11 Amritsar 13 Majitha Shailender Jit Shelly
12 Amritsar 14 Jandiala – SC Shardul Singh
13 Amritsar 15 Amritsar – North Ashwani Kumar (Pappu)
14 Amritsar 16 Amritsar – West – SC Raj Kumar Varka
15 Amritsar 17 Amritsar Central O.P. Soni
16 Amritsar 18 Amritsar East Mrs. Simpreet Kaur Bhatia
17 Amritsar 19 Amritsar South Jasbir Singh (Dimpa)
18 Amritsar 20 Attari – SC Tarsem Singh
19 Amritsar 21 Tarn Taran Dr. Dharamveer Agnihotri
20 Amritsar 22 Khem Karan Gurchet Singh Bhullar
21 Amritsar 23 Patti Harminder Singh Gill
22 Amritsar 24 Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Singh Sikki
23 Amritsar 25 Baba Bakala – SC Ranjit Chajjalwadi
24 Kapurthala 26 Bholath Sukhpal Singh Khaira
25 Kapurthala 27 Kapurthala Rana Gurjeet Singh
26 Kapurthala 28 Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Singh Cheema
27 Kapurthala 29 Phagwara – SC Balvir Raja Sodhi
28 Jalandhar 30 Phillaur – SC Ch. Santokh Singh
29 Jalandhar 31 Nakodar Amarjit Singh Samra
30 Jalandhar 32 Shahkot C.D. Kamboj
31 Jalandhar 33 Kartarpur – SC Ch. Jagjit Singh
32 Jalandhar 34 Jalandhar West – SC Smt. Suman Kaypee
33 Jalandhar 35 Jalandhar Central Raj Kumar Gupta
34 Jalandhar 36 Jalandhar North Avtar Henry
35 Jalandhar 37 Jalandhar Cantt. Jagbir Singh Brar
36 Jalandhar 38 Adampur – SC Satnam Singh Kainth
37 Hoshiarpur 39 Mukerian Ajit Kumar Narang
38 Hoshiarpur 40 Dasuya Ramesh Chander Dogra
39 Hoshiarpur 41 Urmar Sangat Singh Gilzian
40 Hoshiarpur 42 Sham Chaurasi – SC Ch. Ram Lubhaya
41 Hoshiarpur 43 Hoshiarpur Sunder Sham Arora
42 Hoshiarpur 44 Chabbewal – SC Dr. Raj Kumar
43 Hoshiarpur 45 Garhshankar Lov Kumar Goldy
44 Nawan Shahr 46 Banga – SC Tarlochan Singh
45 Nawan Shahr 47 Nawan Shahr Ms. Gur Iqbal Kaur
46 Nawan Shahr 48 Balachaur Rajwinder Singh Lucky
47 Rupnagar 49 Anandpur Sahib Rana Kanwar Pal Singh
48 Rupnagar 50 Rupnagar Romesh Dutt Sharma
49 Rupnagar 51 Chamkaur Sahib – SC Charanjit Singh Channi
50 Rupnagar 52 Kharar Jagmohan Singh Kang
51 Rupnagar 53 S.A.S. Nagar Balbir Singh Sidhu
52 Fatehgarh Sahib 54 Bassi Pathana – SC Smt. Harbans Kaur Dullo
53 Fatehgarh Sahib 55 Fatehgarh Sahib Kuljit Singh Nagra
54 Fatehgarh Sahib 56 Amloh Randeep Singh Nabha
55 Ludhiana 57 Khanna Gurkirat Singh Kotli
56 Ludhiana 58 Samrala Amrik Singh Dhillon
57 Ludhiana 59 Sahnewal Vikram Singh Bajwa
58 Ludhiana 60 Ludhiana East Gurmail Singh Pehalwan
59 Ludhiana 61 Ludhiana South Ashok Prashar Pappi
60 Ludhiana 62 Atam Nagar Malkit Singh Birmi
61 Ludhiana 63 Ludhiana Central Surender Dawar
62 Ludhiana 64 Ludhiana West Bharat Bhushan Ashu
63 Ludhiana 65 Ludhiana North Rakesh Pandey
64 Ludhiana 66 Gill – SC Malkiat Singh Dakha
65 Ludhiana 67 Payal – SC Lakhvir Singh Lakha
66 Ludhiana 68 Dakha Jasbir Singh Khangura
67 Ludhiana 69 Rajkot – SC Gurcharan Singh Boparai
68 Ludhiana 70 Jagraon – SC Ishar Singh Meherban
69 Moga 71 Nihal Singhwala – SC Ajit Singh Shant
70 Moga 72 Bhagha Purana Darshan Singh Brar
71 Moga 73 Moga Joginder Pal Jain
72 Moga 74 Dharamkot Kaka Surjit Singh Lohgarh
73 Firozpur 75 Zira Naresh Kataria
74 Firozpur 76 Firozpur City Parminder Singh Pinki
75 Firozpur 77 Firozpur Rural – SC Smt. Satkar Kaur
76 Firozpur 78 Guru Har Sahai Gurmeet Singh Sodhi
77 Firozpur 79 Jalalabad Malkiat Singh
78 Firozpur 80 Fazilka Dr. Mohinder Rinwa
79 Firozpur 81 Abohar Sunil Kumar Jakhar
80 Firozpur 82 Balluana – SC Giri Raj Rajoura
81 Muktsar 83 Lambi Mahesh Inder Singh Badal
82 Muktsar 84 Gidderbaha Amarinder Singh Raja Warring
83 Muktsar 85 Malout Nathuram
84 Muktsar 86 Muktsar Smt. Karan Kaur Brar
85 Faridkot 87 Faridkot Avtar Singh Brar
86 Faridkot 88 Kotkapura Ripjit Singh
87 Faridkot 89 Jaitu – SC Smt. Joginder Singh Panjgrain
88 Bathinda 90 Rampura Phul Gurpreet Singh Kangar
89 Bathinda 91 Bhucho Mandi – SC Ajab Singh Bhatti
90 Bathinda 92 Bathinda Urban Harminder Singh Jassi
91 Bathinda 93 Bathinda Rural – SC Makhan Singh
92 Bathinda 94 Talwandi Sabo Jeet Mohinder Sidhu
93 Bathinda 95 Maur Mangat Rai Bansal
94 Mansa 97 Sardulgarh Ajit Inder Mofar
95 Mansa 98 Budhlada – SC Satpal Singh Mulewala
96 Sangrur 99 Lehra Smt. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal
97 Sangrur 100 Dirba – SC Ajaib Singh Rataul
98 Sangrur 101 Sunam Aman Arora
99 Sangrur 102 Bhadaur – SC Mohd Sadique
100 Sangrur 103 Barnala Kewal Singh Dhillon
101 Sangrur 104 Mehal Kalan – SC Smt. Harchand Kaur
102 Sangrur 105 Malerkotla Smt. Razia Sultana
103 Sangrur 106 Amargarh Surjit Singh Dhiman
104 Sangrur 107 Dhuri Arvind Khanna
105 Sangrur 108 Sangrur Surinder Pal Singh Sibia
106 Patiala 109 Nabha – Sc Sadhu Singh Dharamsot
107 Patiala 110 Patiala – Rural Brahm Mohindra
108 Patiala 111 Rajpura Hardayal Singh
109 Patiala 112 Dara Bassi Jasjit Singh Randhawa
110 Patiala 113 Ghanaur Madanlal Jalalpur
111 Patiala 114 Sanour Lal Singh
112 Patiala 115 Patiala Capt. Amarinder Singh
113 Patiala 116 Samana Raninder Singh
114 Patiala 117 Shutrana – SC Nirmal Singh

Chandigarh, Jan 6, 2011 After the uncertainty of the last few days, the Congress has finally released its list of 114 candidates for the 117-member Punjab assembly elections to be held Jan 30.

State Congress president and former chief minister Amarinder Singh will contest from his traditional Patiala assembly seat while another former chief minister and now Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal will contest again from the Lehra seat in Sangrur district.

The list containing 114 names was finally released at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi just before midnight Thursday.

Former legislator Jagbir Singh Brar, who switched from the Shiromani Akali Dal to the newly-floated Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) led by former finance minister Manpreet Badal to the Congress in the last over one year, has been fielded from the Jalandhar Cantt seat.

Mahesh Inder Singh Badal has been fielded from the crucial Lambi seat where he will take on his cousin brothers - Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of the Akali Dal and his younger brother Gurdas Badal, who is the father of Manpreet Badal and the PPP candidate.

Amarinder Singh's son Raninder Singh has been fielded from the Samana assembly seat in Patiala district. Raninder's mother Preneet Kaur is the Lok Sabha MP from Patiala and the union minister of state for external affairs.

The main contest in the state is between the ruling Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine and the Congress. With the PPP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also in the fray, the contest on many seats will be triangular or multi-cornered......IANS///

Capt Amarinder welcomes Jan 30 elections; festive mood among Congress workers

CHANDIGARH, December 24:

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today welcomed the holding of elections in Punjab on January 30. “Sooner the better”, he remarked while reacting to the Election Commission of India’s announcement that elections to Punjab assembly will be held in a single phase on January 30, 2012.

Expressing confidence that the party will win a landslide victory, Capt Amarinder said, there was lot of enthusiasm and excitement among the party rank and file as they had been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the elections in Punjab.
He pointed out, the Congress workers across Punjab celebrated the announcement with bursting of crackers and distribution of ladoos, indicating that they had already smelt victory. “It is already a festive mood in Congress”, he remarked, while adding, “the cadres are celebrating much ahead of the elections indicating how confident they are about their victory”.
The PCC President maintained that the Congress was perfectly geared up for the elections. He pointed out, the recent 40 rallies held during the past one and a half month have already mobilized the cadres. “The momentum has already been accelerated during these rallies”, he said, while maintaining that the Congress was far ahead of other political parties, particularly the Akali Dal and the BJP.

He said, the Akali-BJP leaders and workers were feeling demoralized over the early announcement as they wanted the elections to be delayed as their leaders particularly the Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal tried to keep on continuously fooling the people by inaugurating half baked projects and making false announcements which they knew they could not as they need not fulfill with imminent election code of conduct coming into force.


Capt Amarinder Singh writes to Sonia to expand PPCC

New Delhi, May 15, 2011
Dr. Harinder Singh Sethi

When Sonia Gandhi, finally put her stamp of approval on Amarinder`s selection of his new PPCC team, it generated immense heat and resentment brews in congress politicians, workers and NRIs worldwide.

According to the congress leaders, on the PPCC list- senior party leaders Avtar Brar, Avtar Henry and Tej Prakash Singh from former CM Beant Singh’s family should have been added along with young MLAs such as Sukhpal Khaira, Jassi Khangura and Sunil Jakhar.  

Under the pressure of congress leaders, Capt. Amarinder Singh has written to party president Sonia Gandhi with a list of left-out names and the permission to expand the PPCC


Resentment brews in NRIs over many prominent leaders missing from PPCC list

President Capt Amarinder Singh & Lal Singh takes over as VP, PPCC
The PCC general secretary Arvind Khanna will be attached to the PCC President

Los Angeles, May 13, 2011
Gary Singh/ Santosh Kumari

On Tuesday, Sonia Gandhi, finally put her stamp of approval on Amarinder`s selection of his new team. The previous list had 1,200 names, the new one has barely over 100 members till now. She has appointed six Vice Presidents, eight General Secretaries and 33 members of Executive Committee. Amarinder Singh have established his grip over the party. Amarinder`s loyalists dominate Punjab Congress Coimiittee office bearers list. The message is VERY clear now, everyone has to work with Amarinder Singh.

There is resentment among NRIs, Congress leaders and workers when the AICC Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday released the list of district Presidents of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PPCC). On Oct 12, Senior Congress leader and Vice President Lal Singh took over as the in charge of the PCC office in presence of the PCC President Capt Amarinder Singh, other senior leaders and hundreds of party workers.

The names of some prominent leaders are missing, including those who take on the government vociferously in the state
Assembly, such as Sukhpal Khaira, Avtar Brar and Jassi Khangura.

According to Indian Express:

  • Names of many prominent leaders missing from PPCC list, some bag more than one post: PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh has chosen to keep his team leaner by giving a few more than one position as vice-president, general secretary, executive committee members or invitee
  • The PPCC list has several tainted leaders facing cases, such as Chaudhary Jagjit Singh (Ludhiana City Centre scam), Lal Singh (indicted by Lokpal) and Arvind Khanna (case filed by CBI for receiving foreign remittances in dollars without permission). How can the party be expected to speak against corruption in the coming polls when we have such people as PPCC office-bearers?
  • Out of the 43 MLAs, 17 have been accommodated as vice-presidents, executive committee members or invitees

NRI Jassi Khangura is very popular in NRI community, especially in North America and UK.

For the past 5-6 years, Jassi Khangura made numerous trips in these countries to convince NRIs for their participation in Punjab politics and investment in India. He is the only NRI MLA, politician in Punjab who always response NRI telephone calls. Today, as per our conversation with Jassi Khangura, he did not show his any resentment. …....Read More about Jassi Khangura

Sukhpal Khaira became popular because of his recent trip to USA to attract NRI’s vote. His interesting articles against Badal group are also read by NRIs on weekly bases. .....Read More

Interestingly, several prominent leaders, who did not wish to be named because they feel that they must follow party discipline and not issue statements to the media. They confirmed that their party just wanted a rubber stamp in the name of president

Is Sukhpal Singh Khaira, MLA, Bholath over react for PPCC List? He wrote a letter to Capt. Arminder Singh: He announced that please relieve me of my post of coordinator of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar without further delay.

Read below:



Capt. Amarinder Singh Ji, President PPC

Respected Capt. Amarinder Singh Ji,

As you are aware, the list of office bearers released by the party high command on your recommendations has generated immense heat in political circles, particularly in Congress rank and file. The general impression going around is that a lot of deserving people, who had worked hard for the party and had steadfastly opposed the oppressive SAD-BJP regime have been ignored, while some undeserving and tainted persons have been included.

To dispel this impression gaining ground, you during your press conference yesterday at Congress Bhawan admitted that some deserving young and senior leaders have been ignored and that you will take up their cause with the party high command. In this regard you mentioned a few names including that of mine, that certain young MLAs have done a good job within and outside the Vidhan Sabha.

In so far my commitment and contribution towards the party, particularly opposing the anti people policies of the Badal govt. are concerned, I tried my best to keep the Congress flag high. During this period, I have been jailed three times, a false case FIR no. 54 dated 18-04-2007 P.S Subhanpur, distt Kapurthala, has been registered against me. With your support, I was able to fight political vendetta unleashed in my constituency, where more than 150 false cases were registered against Congressmen. Within the Vidhan Sabha, I raised the issues of the common people vociferously and defended the onslaught on Congress as well. As President DCC Kapurthala, I can claim with confidence that Kapurthala witnessed maximum activity of the Congress party in my tenure of five years.

Therefore, when you mentioned my name yesterday at the press conference to take my case with the party high command, an impression has gained ground as if we all are hankering after party positions. Needless to mention that being an MLA is a matter of great pride and honour when you represent the sentiments of more than one lac of your constituents. Therefore, in order to dispel this false notion of running after party positions, I would request you that please do not plead my case with the Hon’ble party high command for any position. I am more than satisfied being an MLA and with less than nine months to go for elections, I have to spare more time in my constituency. Instead of suggesting my name please accommodate some other Congress leader as there are many more senior Congressmen who have been denied honour.
Similarly, I am extremely grateful to you for having appointed me District coordinator for District Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar recently, but I will not be able to do justice to my duty as my responsibility towards my electorate is more important, keeping in view the ensuing elections. Therefore, I request you to relieve me of my post of coordinator of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar without further delay.

By having said all this, it should not be construed that I will in any manner slow down in opposing the repressive Badal regime. I vow to infact step up my campaign against the present rampantly corrupt state govt.
Thanking you,
(Sukhpal Singh Khaira), MLA Bholath ................Read More

Amarinder`s loyalists dominate Punjab Congress Committee office bearers list

Los Angeles, May 11, 2011,
Gary Singh/ Santosh Kumari

Amarinder Singh have established his grip over the party. Amarinder`s loyalists dominate Punjab Congress Coimiittee office bearers list

New Vice presidents

Lal Singh, Jagjit Singh, Rana Kanwar Pal Singh, Kewal Singh Dhillon, Ashwani Sekhari, Sukhjinder Singh Sarkaria and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi have been appointed vice presidents.

The manifesto committee includes Capt Amarinder Singh, Bibi Bhattal, Ashwani Kumar, Manish Tewari, Lal Singh, Arvind Khanna and K.P. Rana

The nine-member coordination committee which will discuss all significant issues related to the party, includes Congress Legislature Party leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar, Congress secretary Praveen Rashtrapal, former state unit chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee besides Capt Amarinder Singh, Ambika Soni, Manish Tewari and Ashwani Kumar. Gulchain Singh Charak, who is party incharge of Punjab, will also be its member
According to list the new district presidents are:

1. DCC(Urban) Amritsar- Jugal Kishor Sharma
2. Amritsar(Rural) ---- Harpartap Singh Ajnala
3. Gurdaspur--------- Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa
4. Tarn Taran -------- Dharam Pal Agnihotri
5. Jalandhar(Urban)---Arun Walia
6. Jalandhar(Rural)----Ch Santokh Singh
7. Kapurthala--------- Harjit Singh Parmar
8. Hoshiarpur----------Sunder Sham Arora
9. Nawan Shahr-------Satbir Singh Palli Chakki
10. Ropar--------------Sukhbinder Saini
11. Muktsar-----------Gurdaas Girdhar
12. Bathinda-----------(Urban)Ashok Kumar
13. Bathinda-----------(Rural)Narinder Singh Bhaleria
14. Mansa-------------Jagsir Singh Gagowal
15. Moga--------------Smt. Jagdarshan Kaur
16. Sangrur------------Subhash Grover
17. Barnala------------Jagjit Singh Dhaula
18. Ferozepur---------Anup Singh
19. Faridkot-----------Surinder Gupta
20. Ludhiana----------(Urban)Pawan Dewan
21. Ludhiana----------(Rural)Malkit Singh Dakha
22. Fatehgarh----------SahibHarinder Singh Bhambri
23. Mohali-------------Rajinder Singh
24. Patiala(Urban)------Prem K Puri
25. Patiala(Rural--------Hardayal Singh Kamboj

Captain Amarinder Singh, 68, served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 and presently represents the Patiala assembly segment of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. His wife Maharani Preneet Kaur was elected to Parliament consecutively for three terms from 1999 to 2009 and is now Union Minister Of State of External Affairs of India.
Captain was President of PPCC from 1998 to 2002 and he drove the Congress to power in 2002 assembly elections