AMRITSAR, May 16 -- Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh is spearheading the Congress's electoral challenge in the state against the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) combine. He spoke to Vinod Sharma on Wednesday, a day after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi's large roadshow in Pathankot. Edited excerpts:

What is the gist of your campaign in Punjab?

Our objective is to defeat the BJP-Akali Dal combine. We're mobilising people in agreement with our views, and are convincing those who are not of our view that we need to change the government [at the Centre] in the interest of the country and Punjab.

How many seats have you assured to your party leadership?

Thirteen. Thirteen out of thirteen - isn't that a ta...