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Ex-Army chief's political career remains grounded for now (Poll Trivia)

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

He was the first Sikh to become the but the political career of (retired) seems to be grounded for the time being.

The newly formed (Taksali), which fielded him in February for the Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha seat in Punjab, has now announced that it was withdrawing him as its candidate.

The (Taksali), which was formed earlier this year by a group of senior breakaway leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Singh's candidature on Sunday in favour of Paramjit Kaur Khalra, the candidate of the the Democratic Alliance (PDA), which is an alliance of six political parties in the state, for the Khadoor Sahib seat.

The former (January 31, 2005 to September 30, 2007) also remained of from January 2008 to May 2013.

The retired general's political ambitions were revealed first when he joined the ahead of the February 2017 Assembly elections in and was fielded by the party against the politically formidable Amarinder Singh, who is now the Minister.

The election was interesting because in this political battlefield in seat, a former (Amarinder) was able to defeat a former Army

Amarinder, who comes from the royal family of the Patiala state and is addressed as a Maharaja, served in the Army in the 1960s.

Singh not only lost the election but finished a poor third and even lost his security deposit.

When the (Taksali) named him as their candidate, Singh said that he is "considering himself as the luckiest person". That luck, it seems, ran out even before hew could file his nomination papers.



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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 10:38 IST