A day after his candidature was withdrawn from the Khadoor Sahib seat by the SAD (Taksali), former Army chief General (retired) Joginder Jaswant Singh Monday said he is not leaving the battleground rather sacrificing the seat in the interest of Punjab and the Sikh community.
Vowing to support the Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate, Paramjit Kaur Khalra, from the Khadoor Sahib seat in the Lok Sabha polls, Singh said he has set an "example" by withdrawing his candidature to strengthen the third front in the state to root out the "corrupt" Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
The SAD (Taksali), the breakaway faction of the SAD, had Sunday evening announced that it was withdrawing Singh's candidature from the Khadoor Sahib seat in favour of PDA candidate Khalra, who is the wife of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra.
"I am sacrificing my seat in the interest of Punjab and the Sikh panth (community). I do not think that I am leaving the battleground" Singh, 73, told the reporters here.
He said the "misrule" of the Congress and the Akali Dal in the state should not continue further.
"We should root out these corrupt parties from Punjab," Singh said.
"If (Paramjit Kaur) Khalra wins, I will consider my sacrifice worth of it," he said.
"I told him (Brahmpura) that it is important either she (Khalra) step down or she be fielded her from another seat, otherwise I was ready to sacrifice my seat. Because we were fighting each other," the ex-Army chief said.
Singh ruled out contesting the Lok Sabha polls from any other seat.
"I am not after any post. I got many positions on merit," he said.
The Akali Dal has fielded Bibi Jagir Kaur, while the Congress has given ticket toJasbir Singh Dimpa from the Khadoor Sahib seat.
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