The party should declare the CM candidate well before the Assembly polls, PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh said here today.In a freewheeling interaction with the media, he said he was hopeful that the announcement will be made as had been done in the case of Uttar Pradesh.The former CM reasoned that it was important to clear the air on the CM -designate as the people were keen to know their candidate and would vote accordingly.The MP from Amritsar said the SAD-BJP alliance had already done so and the AAP is expected to follow in the coming days. This should be done to counter regional parties, he reasoned.On Kejriwal as the AAP CM candidate, he said the issue of the ‘son of the soil’ will crop as there was no dearth of Chief Ministerial candidates in Punjab. “Kejriwal has other minus points like hailing from Haryana. All Punjab disputes are with Haryana and where will he (Kejriwal) stand. His stance on SYL is an example”, he added.On distribution of tickets, he admitted that in 2012 elections out of 39 tickets and seven for youth candidates that were allotted on recommendation of senior leaders, the party won only six seats.“Even if some senior or sitting MLAs are found wanting, we will change them. This time I am confidant the winninability will be the sole criteria,” he affirmed.Sounding confidant after his ongoing Halke Vich Captain and the constituency-wise zonal meetings, he said an ever increasing number of people were pouring in to listen and register their governance related grievances.

On SYL Canal

Amarinder also clarified that the Congress government will not repeal the Section 5 of the Termination of River Water Agreements Act, which guarantees the water supply to states of Rajasthan and Haryana. He ridiculed Badal for claiming to have repealed that section saying it was Mr Badal who had started the process of construction of the SYL by acquiring land and now he was trying to claim credit for something which he is not capable of doing.On Naresh Yadav’s arrestTaking a principled stand on registration of cases against the AAP leaders, especially the arrest of Naresh Yadav, on the issue of sacrilege of Quran in Malerkotla, the PCC chief demanded a thorough investigation to ascertain the truth. It was wrong to pronounce someone guilty before the investigations.