Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday mentioned that Prashant Kishor has no function in finalisation of Congress tickets for the 2022 Meeting elections.
“There is no such thing as a query of it. Kishor has no say within the matter,” Amarinder Singh mentioned amid studies of resentment brewing within the Punjab Congress over his newly appointed principal advisor Prashant Kishor deciding on the tickets.
There are set norms and patterns for ticket allocation within the Congress, that are adopted in all elections in all states, the chief minister mentioned, including that Punjab was no exception. There’s a state election committee arrange by the excessive command forward of any Meeting ballot, which considers all of the names and decides on the ultimate candidates, he identified, including that the shortlisted names are then despatched for scrutiny to the Screening Committee, comprising high occasion management, together with the Congress president. The ultimate determination is taken by the Central Election Committee, with no particular person having any function to play, he added.
Within the strategy of ticket finalisation, inputs are at all times taken by this committee from numerous inner and exterior events, together with impartial companies as nicely the state occasion unit, Singh mentioned, including that that is the method that was adopted in 2017 and can be adopted once more this time. “So the place does Kishor come into the image,” he requested.
Amarinder Singh additional mentioned that this method had labored nicely final time, when Congress gained 80 seats in Punjab. “Why ought to the occasion need to change it and disturb the political steadiness that we now have managed to strike so fantastically up to now 4 years,” he quipped.
In reality, he identified, the Congress in Punjab has been on a powerful wicket in each election within the final 4 years, together with within the latest city native our bodies’ polls, which the occasion swept. “This exhibits that there is no such thing as a anti-incumbency at play within the state, as is being speculated by the media, which has been indulging in sheer conjectures ever since Kishor’s appointment,” he mentioned.
If the occasion sees any cases of native anti-incumbency it’ll deal with it the best way it often does – by alternate options, and discovering one of the best match to make sure victory, Captain Amarinder mentioned, making it clear that this was a difficulty for the Congress, and never for Kishor, to contemplate and resolve.
“His (Kishor’s) function as my principal advisor is proscribed. It’s only advisory in nature, with no decision-making authority vested in him,” added the Punjab CM.