New Delhi, Mar 10 : Exuding confidence of the Congress sweeping all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the State, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday joined other members of the Punjab Pradesh Congress screening committee in shortlisting the candidates for the party.
The names will be sent to the central election committee of AICC for finalisation, as per the methodology for selection proposed this time by AICC president Rahul Gandhi, marking a new era in ushering transparency into the party functioning, Capt Amarinder said.
The Chief Minister refused to divulge the names shortlisted at the meeting, which was participated by AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugooal, AICC secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari and Punjab PCC president Sunil Jakhar.
The Congress in Punjab was fully geared to fight the Lok Sabha poll and will sweep it, Capt Amarinder said, making it clear that the PPCC did not need an ally to win the election.
He said the State Government would take all steps to ensure free and fair polls, in a secure environment. The police and civil administration would work in tandem to enable peaceful election in the state, he further said.
He said the Army was an apolitical institution, which no political party could or should try to politicise. Any attempt to do so has a demoralising effect on the armed forces, he added.