Dinesh K Sharma, Editor

Sangrur Lok Sabha by-poll ground heats up: AAP and Akali Dal field candidates; BJP announced  the name of Dhillon, Congress undecided over candidate.

Sangrur Lok Sabha by-poll ground heats up: AAP and Akali Dal field candidates; BJP announced  the name of Dhillon, Congress undecided over candidate.

Dinesh K Sharma

Sangrur: The by-election for Sangrur Lok Sabha’s seat has heated up. Aam Aadmi Party has announced the name of Gurmel Singh while Akali Dal has fielded Kamaljit Kaur, sister of jailed Balwant Rajoana. The BJP also announced the name of Kewal Singh Dhillon, who joined the party in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday, as its candidate from Sangrur whereas the Congress has not yet decided its candidate.

Aam Aadmi Party has given ticket to its district President Gurmel Singh from Sangrur seat. He has also filed his nomination yesterday along with CM Bhagwant Mann. Gurmel Singh is also the Sarpanch from the village Gharach of Sangrur.

The Akali Dal has nominated Kamaljit Kaur, sister of jailed Balwant Singh Rajoana. The Akali Dal is playing the Panthak card here. Kamaljit Kaur has been given a ticket by linking it with the captive Sikhs. Rajoana is serving imprisonment in jail for the murder of former CM Beant Singh. She will file the nomination tomorrow.

SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann is also in the fray. In the last several elections, his party has been ignored. However, in the recently concluded assembly elections, he got good votes in Amargarh seat. After which he has contested from Sangrur seat.

Confusion continues in Congress regarding the Lok Sabha candidate. Congress wanted to bring Balkaur Singh, father of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was murdered in Mansa. But he refused to contest the election. Former minister Vijay Inder Singla also does not want to contest elections. Congress can now bet on Dalveer Goldie or his wife Simrat Kaur, who lost the election from Dhuri assembly seat to Bhagwant Mann.

The by-election for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat is scheduled for June 23 for which the filing for the nomination papers has started on May 30 and will continue till June 6. The scrutiny of nominations will be done on June 7 and the last date for taking back nominations is June 9. The counting of votes is scheduled for June 26, 2022.