Sangrur bypoll: SAD picks Rajoana’s foster sister

Sangrur bypoll: SAD picks Rajoana’s foster sister

Tribune Information Service

Jupinderjit Singh

Chandigarh, June 4

Pandering to Panthic sentiments, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday declared Kamaldeep Kaur Rajoana, demise row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana’s foster sister, as its candidate for the Sangrur Lok Sabha bypoll.

Simranjit ignored

They (Akalis) wished us to help any candidate belonging to the ‘Bandi Singhs’. We instructed them that Simranjit Mann too had been a ‘Bandi Singh’, however they picked Kamaldeep Kaur. — Gopal Sidhu, SAD (Amritsar) Spokesperson

The SAD has apparently veered in the direction of radical Sikh teams after its worst-ever efficiency within the Meeting elections, profitable solely three seats. For the primary time, Sukhbir Badal visited Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann on the latter’s home in Sangrur on Friday, proposing {that a} relative of one of many ‘Bandi Singhs (Sikh detainees)’ be fielded as a ‘consensus candidate’ in opposition to AAP’s Gurmail Singh. Conferences have been subsequently held in Amritsar and a listing of Sikh prisoners, amongst them Rajoana, ready.

It’s clear the Akalis, fearing a poor present within the Sangrur bypoll, wish to revive the social gathering by reaching out to Sikh radicals. Gopal Sidhu, a spokesperson for the Akali Dal (Amritsar), recalled that Parkash Singh Badal too had visited Mann’s home after he received the Lok Sabha ballot with an enormous margin.

“Sukhbir didn’t wish to help Simranjit Mann’s candidature. They wished us to help any candidate belonging to the ‘Bandi Singhs’. We instructed them that Simranjit too had been a ‘Bandi Singh’, preventing for the rights of the neighborhood. However the Akalis picked Kamaldeep Kaur, the sister of slain militant Harpinder Goldy,” Sidhu stated.

Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, who has been preventing for the discharge of the Sikh detainees, dubbed the Akalis as opportunists. “They bear in mind Sikh points solely when out of energy. After they have been in energy, they’d cite authorized hurdles within the launch of those prisoners,” he stated.

“The Akalis have misplaced the plot. The social gathering appears to have forgotten it stood for Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat and never Panthic agenda,” noticed Jagtar Singh, an professional on Akali politics. Disagreeing, Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, SAD spokesperson, stated the social gathering had at all times pursued the difficulty of Sikh prisoners.

“Rajoana’s hanging was ‘prevented’ due to our efforts once we have been in energy. The SAD is the one social gathering which has held parleys with the Centre and numerous state governments on this regard. That’s the reason Rajoana’s sister will contest on our social gathering ticket,” Cheema added.

(Inputs by Karam Parkash)

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