April 14, 2019 10:02 PM

Mohali /Chandigarh (Face2News)

Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) on Sunday announced to withdraw the nomination of its Khadoor Sahib candidate General JJ Singh to support Bibi Paramjeet Kaur Khalra, who is contesting from this constituency as a candidate of Punjab democratic Alliance (PDA) led by Punjab Ekta Party president Sukhpal Singh Khaira. Meanwhile Mr. Sukhpal Singh Khaira welcomes the decision of SAD Taksali. 

The announcement was made during a rally of the party workers organised by its youth wing president Harsukhinder Singh alias Bubby Badal at his residence in phase 11 at Mohali.

SAD (Taksali) announces the withdrawal of its Khadoor Sahib candidate General JJ Singh in favor of Paramjeet Kaur Khalra, also appeals her to contest elections as an independent candidate to get support from all like minded parties, Respecting Sikh sentiments, SAD(Taksali) announces thewithdrawal of its Kahdoor Sahib candidate General JJ Singh, support comes contional appealing Bi bi to contest as an independent now, No support to Punjab Democratic Alliance(PDA) now, but be considered in days to come

“we have decided to withdraw the nomination of our candidate from Kahdoor sahib constituency General JJ Singh in favor of Bibi Paramjeet Kaur Khalra. People from Punjab and Punjabi Sikh diaspora settled indifferent other countries was constantly in touch with us seeking our support to Bibi Paramjeet Kaur Khalra.

They would ask us to support her due to the great sacrifice of her husband Jaswant Singh Khalra who was killed in police custody for raising the issue of cremation of thousands of dead bodies in Amritsar as unclaimed by the police during militancy. There was an appeal to us through various medias including social media as well. So respecting their sentiments, We have decided to withdraw our candidate to support her,” announced Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, president SAD (Taksali) addressing his party workers amidst the chanting of slogans.

“But we also appeal to Paramjeet Kaur Khalra to contest the elections as an independent instead of as a single party candidate. We assure her a win from Khadoor Sahib as I had myself won the last parliament election from there with a margin of about 1 lakh votes while, daughter in law of former chief minister Prakash Singh Badal had hardly retained her seat with a very thin margin of about 18000 votes only,” Brahmpura said.

“There was a motif by some elements to field Bibi Paramjeet Kaur Khalra to collect funds from the off shore Sikh supporters. They wanted to usurp the donations expected from Punjabi diaspora abroad,” Brahmpura alleged claiming that Paramjeet Kaur Khalra had earlier refused his party to contest elections from the same seat saying that she did not want to enter politics.

Lambasting SAD (Badal) Brahmpura said that while we were in party folder and raised the issue of looting Punjab by cable, mining and many other mafias sheltered by his son and his relative, Parkash Singh Badal would refuse to listen to us citing his old age, but now he is campaigning in the state because the party has a tough a testing time ahead due to those mistakes.

Brahmpura also called Badals sinners in a veiled attack on them on sacrilege issues. Brahmpura also clarified that his party has supported Paramjeet Kaur Khalra only appealing her to contest asindependent candidate.”We are not extending our support to Punjab Democratic Alliance(PDA) right now. But our option is open and if need be, we may consider our support to PDA in days to come,” said Brahmpura.

Sewa Singh Sekhwan secretary general, Karnail Singh Peermohamad general secretary of the party, Former MLA Ujagar Singh Badali, Harsukhinder Singh Bubby Badal, Gursev Singh Harpalpur, OSD to SAD (Taksali) president, Damanjeet Singh and besides its Anandpur Sahib candidate Bir Devinder Singh were also present during the announcement.

Mr. Sukhpal Singh Khaira President Punjab Ekta Party appreciated the noble gesture of Akali Dal Taksali who have unilaterally withdrawn their candidate from Khadur sahib and announced their support for Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra the candidate of PDA. Khaira said this would go a long way to forge 100 percent unity in the opposition ranks of Punjab to defeat the corrupt traditional parties of Congress, SAD and BJP. Khaira said he would personally call up the Akali Dal Taksali leadership to express his gratitude for supporting Bibi Khalra’s candidature based on her long standing struggle to uphold human rights in the state.

In the same breath Khaira urged the Aam Aadmi Party leadership also to learn a lesson from the Akali Dal Taksali decision and withdraw their nominee from Khadur Sahib. Khaira said by doing so atleast there would be one seat in the state where all opposition parties would be supporting Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra against the traditional political parties, which will further pave way for broader consensus in Punjab. Khaira said as it is the AAP candidate from Khadur Sahib Manjinder Singh Sidhu has a criminal taint as he was one of the accused for publically beating up a Dalit girl Harbinder Kaur that was caught on camera few years back in Tarantaran. The brutal beating of the Dalit girl had rocked the state and the High Court had taken suo motto cognizance against the guilty and had given the victim girl police security cover. 

Khaira once again thanked the leadership of Akali Dal Taksali for supporting Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra.

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