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It is not about Prashant Kishor deciding on the tickets for the 2022 assembly elections, says Amarinder Singh | India News


CHANDIGARH: To put an end to all media speculation, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ruled out any role of newly appointed senior adviser Prashant Kishor in finalizing Congressional tickets in the elections. of the 2022 assembly.
“There is no question about that. Kishor has no say in the matter,” the prime minister said amid reports of resentment in the Punjab Congress over Kishor’s decision on the tickets.
An official statement quoting the chief minister said that there are established rules and patterns for the allocation of tickets in Congress, which are followed in all elections in all states and that Punjab was no exception.
“There is a state electoral committee established by the high command before any assembly vote, which considers all the names and decides the final candidates, he noted, adding that the shortlisted names are then sent for scrutiny to the Selection Committee. it comprises the top leadership of the party, including the president of Congress. The final decision is made by the Central Election Committee, with no individual having any role to play, “said the prime minister.
In the ticket finalization process, this committee always takes input from various internal and external parties, including independent agencies and the state party unit, said Punjab’s chief minister, while adding that this is the process to be carried out. followed in 2017 and it will continue to be adopted again. “So where does Kishor fit in the picture?” He asked.
He further said that this system had worked well last time when Congress won 80 seats in Punjab. “Why should the party want to change it and disturb the political balance that we have managed to achieve so wonderfully in the last four years?” He joked.
Singh noted that Congress in Punjab has been on strong ground in every election in the past four years, including recent polls of local urban bodies, which the party swept.
“This shows that there is no antitrust at stake in the state, as the media speculates, which has indulged in mere conjecture since Kishor’s appointment,” he said.
If the party sees any cases of local anti-concern, it will handle it the way it usually does: looking for alternatives and finding the best option to ensure victory, Singh said, making it clear that this was a problem for Congress. , and not for Kishor, to consider and decide.
“His (Kishor’s) role as my senior adviser is limited. It is only of an advisory nature, with no decision-making authority,” the prime minister added.

Times of India