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Congress worried about dissidents in Punjab
I understand your situation since it is everybody's aim to be part of a Congress government in Punjab, stated Captain Amarinder Singh Punjab, Congress president, while making his appeal to withdraw their nomination paper in the larger interest of the Congress Party.

AMARINDER SINGH pointed out, given the fact that there are just 117 Assembly segments against about 1,500 applicants it was obvious that several deserving candidates were left out. Very much upset with the dissidents of the party, Capt. Amarinder Singh tried to persuade many leaders to fall in line. The party was likely to face opposition from its own men in at least 12 constituencies. He said the party is well aware and equally concerned about such leaders who have given their every effort to the party and stood with it against all odds, particularly during the last five years when they had to face the vendetta and onslaught of the Akali Dal-BJP government.

He pointed out that the rebel candidates can only harm the interest of the party. “We all have suffered during these five years and now is the time to ensure that Congress comes to power and all those guilty of targeting and victimizing our people are brought to justice,” he said. Singh said it is the duty of all the party-men to work together and ensure the victory of the Congress.

The PCC president said, if they do not withdraw, the party will have to take disciplinary action against all of them and they will not be the part of the government and there will be no possibility of their joining back even if they want to. Meanwhile, the Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEOs) office stated that of the 2,054 nominations received till the last date of filing nominations on Thursday, 801 nominations had been rejected after scrutiny.

Most of the nominations were rejected as the forms were not complete or required documents were not submitted before the returning officers. Monday is the last date for withdrawal of nominations by the candidates. “Total 1,253 candidates remain in the fray for the Punjab assembly elections after the scrutiny of nomination papers. Candidates can withdraw their nominations by Jan 16,” the spokesperson said.

After the scrutiny of forms, the largest number of candidates — 23 — in the fray from an Assembly constituency is in Jalalabad in Ferozepur district. Shiromani Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is seeking re-election for this seat.

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