Bajwa, who was last week replaced by former chief minister Singh, described his removal as 'temporary setback' and said his 'sacrifice will not be a big price if party wins polls in 2017'.

"We will have to fight as one as there is going to be a tough challenge (in assembly polls). We need to do hard work and fight as one to achieve our goal as people now have an alternative because Aam Aadmi Party is there. They have government in Delhi and they have four MPs in Punjab," Bajwa said here.

"Last time (during 2012 assembly polls), there was no other option with the people," he cited. Listing out priorities for the new leadership, Bajwa said that the first priority for the party is to save the state. "Punjab needs to be saved first which is the first priority because Punjab cannot go in for a third political disaster," he said.

Congress had faced two successive defeats in Punjab in 2007 and 2012 assembly polls when Singh was state party president.

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