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My wife never lies, says Sidhu; Punjab CM clarifies

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Cabinet on Thursday defended his wife's remarks blaming the state leadership for denying her a ticket from

Reacting to his colleague's assertion, Chief sought to clarify that Sidhu's wife was offered either or seat, "but she refused to contest on either of the seat."

"My wife has that much strength and moral authority that she will never lie. This is my answer," told reporters when asked about his wife's allegations that she was denied party ticket from at the instance of Chief and party's affairs in-charge

Navjot Kaur, a former from Amritsar (East), on May 14 blamed the for denying her a Lok Sabha ticket either from or Amritsar.

She said would not campaign for his party in his home state as the has told him not to do so.

Hours after his wife's claim, Sidhu said at an election rally in in the presence of and that he would be returning to on May 17 to deliver a "knockout punch" to the Badals.

Amid reports that the Minister's health was not allowing him to campaign, his wife also blamed for not allowing Sidhu to campaign in Punjab.

"is our smaller and (President) is our bigger and he has given duty to him (Sidhu) in other states and Navjot is busy campaigning there," she told reporters in Amritsar city.

"When Captain and have taken the lead role in ensuring victory of the party in all (13) seats, then what is the need for Navjot (Sidhu) to campaign in Punjab?"

Denying any role in candidature for Sidhu's wife from Chandigarh, the said she had been offered ticket from Amritsar and Bathinda, but she refused.

Ticket allocation was done by the top Congress leaders in Delhi, and they had chosen not to accept Navjot Kaur's application for ticket to contest from Chandigarh, he said, adding that was not under Punjab and he had no role in selection of candidate from the city.

However, had he been asked, he would have frankly told the high command that Pawan Bansal, the chosen candidate of the party from Chandigarh, was a better choice, said Amarinder Singh in an informal chat with mediapersons.

To another question, the Chief Minister said he would take responsibility and would quit if the Congress was wiped out in the state in these Lok Sabha elections. All ministers and MLAs have been made responsible for the Congress party's performance in the state, and he shared the responsibility with them, said Amarinder Singh.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 00:10 IST