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.
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.