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Congress ready for Punjab polls, will defeat both BJP and AAP: Amarinder Singh

Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday welcomed the Election Commission’s decision to conduct single-phase polling in Punjab and expressed confidence that the grand old party would emerge victorious in the electoral battle.

The former Punjab chief minister told ANI that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stand on chances, adding both parties will be rejected by the people.

“We will definitely give a strong competition to the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Aadmi Party and we will show where we stand in Punjab,” he said

Captain Amarinder further said former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh will release the Congress Party’s manifesto in the coming days.

“Our manifesto is very comprehensive and former PM Manmohan Singh ji will release this manifesto. We had requested the Election Commission to conduct polls in a single-phase in Punjab,” he said.

The Congress, which is leaving no stone unturned to win the Punjab Assembly polls, has invited Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to Punjab to campaign for the grand old party.

“I requested Nitish for support in the Punjab assembly polls and was hopeful of getting the same,” Captain Amarinder said earlier, adding that the Congress and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) were working well together as an alliance in Bihar and had a lot to learn from each other.

Punjab will go for polls in a single-phase on February 4. The date of notification is January 11, the last date of nomination is January 18, the scrutiny of nomination will take place on January 19 and the withdrawal of candidature will take place on January 21.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, who today announced the dates for assembly polls in Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, said the counting of votes in all five states will take place on March 11.