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Khaira to contest from Bathinda

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

and former (AAP) will contest from constituency, which is presently represented by

Khaira, who formed the (PEP) after quitting the AAP in January, challenged for an open debate to discuss the burning issues of the state.

Khaira's candidature was announced on Saturday by former AAP and MP Dharamvira Gandhi, who is a member of the Democratic Alliance. The comprises of the PEP, Bahujan Samaj Party, Lok Insaaf Party, Gandhi-led Manch, Communist Party of and the Revolutionary Marxist Party of

"Both the Badal and Amarinder families are responsible for the current pitiable situation of Punjab, which is under a colossal debt of Rs 2.5 lakh crore," Khaira told reporters. is the wife of

The Bholath MLA trashed the claims of that the had done a lot of development for area, saying that they took "huge amounts" of public money as commission.

The former leader of Opposition in the Assembly said he hoped that the people of would extend support to him to "liberate" the state from the clutches of "corrupt feudal families" of Badals and Amarinder.

The PEP promised to leave no stone unturned to fight the burning issues of Punjab, such as farmers' suicides, drug menace, unemployment and discrimination against the state's industries by the successive central governments.

Meanwhile, Gandhi said he was very sure that Khaira would put up a very strong fight in the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, especially to expose the "anti-Punjab and anti-Sikh" role of the Badal family.

Punjab has 13 parliamentary seats and it will go to polls in a single phase on May 19.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 19:10 IST