Channi also hinted that he might try to convince his brother not to jump into the fray against incumbent MLA constituency Gurpreet Singh GP.
Published: Jan 17, 2022 7:05pm |
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CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said Monday he would speak to his brother Manohar Singh about refusing him a congress ticket.
Channi made the remark after his brother said he would be running as an independent seat of the Bassi Pathana Assembly against the Congressional MLA.
Channi also hinted that he might try to persuade his brother not to fight incumbent MLA Gurpreet Singh GP from the constituency.
Channi’s brother Manohar Singh, eyeing a congressional ticket from the Bassi Pathana assembly seat, had said on Sunday he would run as an independent from the constituency after the ruling party voted incumbent legislator Gurpreet Singh GP.
“He looked for a ticket but the party turned it down. GP (the seated MLA) is our brother too. Will get her to sit down and talk and the problem will be solved,” Channi told reporters here.
In its first list of 86 candidates, the Congress party on Saturday gave the ticket to the MLA Gurpreet Singh GP party from Bassi Pathana (SC).
Manohar Singh had called Congress’ decision to award a ticket for Gurpreet Singh GP an “injustice” to the people of the constituency and claimed the incumbent legislature was “incompetent and ineffective ”.
Singh had said he made the decision to run as an independent after meeting several councillors, village sarpanch and panch who asked him to fight the election.
Singh, an MBBS and MD, had resigned as chief medical officer at Kharar Civil Hospital in August last year just us in a common family. My brother became a doctor after doing MD. He was employed as a government doctor and was hired at Bassi Pathana as an SMO. Division GP MLA transferred him.”
“He (Manohar) also told the MLA that he is the minister’s brother (Channi was then a minister in the cabinet led by Amarinder Singh). Thereupon (after the MLA When asked why the MLA transferred his brother, Channi replied, “Maybe thought he then that he could campaign.”
In response to a further question, Channi replied that senior Punjab Congress leader and former MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee’s displeasure at the refusal of admission from the Assembly’s seat in Adampur was justified and the additional party will definitely think about it.
Kaypee had on Sunday expressed his displeasure at the refusal of the ticket from the Adampur assembly seat and said his family would go to any Election targeted by the party.
Earlier in the day, AAP leader Raghav Chadha claimed that by refusing tickets to the brother and another relative of Punjab Prime Minister Channi, Congress had proved that he made him a CM just because he “used him as a tool” to get the schedule caste votes.
Aside from Channi’s brother, the CM’s relative Mohinder Singh Kaypee, who bought the ticket from the Adampur Seat in Jalandhar, Chadha said, claiming Kaypee was denied the ticket because he was Channi’s relative.
However, Chadha had said the ruling party had given Fatehgarh Sahib’s sons MP Amar Singh and given tickets to Minister Brahm Mohindra.
Chadha further claimed that Congress had in the past appointed Sushil Kumar Shinde as chief minister of Maharashtra for a few months in order to vote for a certain mmten municipality, and later after the elections, Shinde was removed.
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