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Not leaving battleground, sacrificing seat for Punjab: ex-Army chief J J Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A day after his candidature was withdrawn from the seat by the (Taksali), former (retired) Joginder Monday said he is not leaving the battleground rather sacrificing the seat in the interest of and the Sikh community.

Vowing to support the Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate, Paramjit Kaur Khalra, from the 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" and (SAD).

The (Taksali), the breakaway faction of the SAD, had Sunday evening announced that it was withdrawing Singh's candidature from the seat in favour of candidate Khalra, who is the wife of human rights activist Khalra.

"I am sacrificing my seat in the interest of and the Sikh panth (community). I do not think that I am leaving the battleground" Singh, 73, told the reporters here.

"I sacrificed the seat from the position of strength, not from the weakness," the ex-asserted.

He said the "misrule" of the 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.

Singh said he had told the (Taksali) chief, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, that they should try to defeat the traditional parties -- and Akali Dal -- at any cost.

"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-said.

He said the political landscape changed after the name of Khalra was announced by the Moreover, the talks between the SAD (Taksali), and also could not materialise, he added.

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.

The has fielded party's

The former Army chief had unsuccessfully contested the Patiala seat in 2017 assembly polls against on a SAD ticket.

He was the first Sikh to be appointed as the Army chief in 2005. He had also been the of

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 19:30 IST