Ludhiana | Congress leader Amarjeet Tikka resigns, Krishan Bawa runs as independent
A day after Congress announced the candidacy of Ishwarjot Singh Cheema of Ludhiana South, Punjab Medium Industry Development Board (PMIDB) chairman Amarjeet Tikka, who was vying for a constituency ticket, resigned from the party on Monday .
In another blow to the Congress, top leader and chairman of the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), Krishan Kumar Bawa, also announced that he will stand for election to the Assembly as an independent of Ludhiana West. , which is Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu’s constituency.
Alleging that Cheema only received the ticket because he was endorsed by Ashu and Congress was selling tickets, Tikka said, “The Congress party has become a one-man show in the city. Ashu ended the party downstairs. He favored the Bains brothers (LIP chairman Simarjit Singh Bains and his elder brother Balwinder Bains) by fielding weak candidates in Atam Nagar and Ludhiana South.
Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Bains sit as MPs in their respective constituencies. In his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Tikka, who has been associated with the Congress for 37 years, said that four generations of his family, including his grandfather, father and nephew , had been a part of Congress. However, it was disheartening to see former party workers being ignored and sidelined.
Regarding his future course of action, Tikka said he has not yet made a decision regarding his joining a political party.
It’s pure versus impure Deputies: Bawa
Although Bawa announced his candidacy as an independent candidate for Ludhiana West, he said he would not resign from the party at any cost. “I am not a member. I am part of the Congress party. I was shot in both legs on March 17, 1989. Even at the height of militancy, we flew the flag of Congress high. It is thanks to foot soldiers like us that the party has regained its lost glory in Punjab,” Bawa said, speaking to the press at his home in Rajguru Nagar.
“This time the fight is between a clean and unclean congressman and I’m sure people will vote for me,” Bawa said. He also accused Punjab elections official Harish Chaudhary of unfair allocation of tickets.