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SAD fields Charanjit Singh Atwal from Jalandhar

Press Trust of India  |  Jalandhar 

Badal announced Saturday that former of Lok Sabha would be its candidate from Jalandhar (SC) seat.

Atwal, a Dalit face, was the former of Lok Sabha during 2004-2009. He was a two-time from Phillaur constituency. He has also remained of the twice.

Earlier, the had fielded Jagir Kaur from Khadoor Sahib seat.

Badal hit out at Taksali leaders, alleging that would forfeit his security deposit from his own constituency if he dared to enter into the poll fray from Khadoor Sahib.

He dared all the three expelled Akali leaders Brahmpura, Rattan Singh Ajnala and Sewa Singh Sekhwan to test their "political clout" by contesting the Lok Sabha polls.

"The so-called Taksali leaders are trying to befool people of Punjab by mouthing lies about Panthic issues as well as themselves," he alleged.

"All desperate and rejected leaders from various political outfits have gathered and declared themselves as Taksalis, while none of them have any Taksali background. By which stretch of imagination can you call Birdevinder Singh or JJ Singh as Taksali," Badal asked.

The exuded confidence that the SAD-BJP would be wining all the 13 seats in Punjab, while the would finish at zero.

Replying to a question on Kartarpur Sahib corridor, he said had fulfilled a long-standing demand of the Sikh community with the decision of establishing the passage.

"I hope would respect the sentiments of the Sikh Qaum," Badal said, adding that the had sought permission for 5,000 pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Sahib Kartarpur daily. However, was putting administrative hurdles in a hassle-free access to Kartarpur Sahib," Badal said.

Replying to a query on the SAD-BJP's performance in the Punjab Assembly polls in 2017, the said they did not perform badly.

"The got 38 per cent vote share in Punjab, we got 31 per cent and the finished at just 21 per cent, lagging far behind us as much as by 7 per cent vote share, which means around 2.50 lakh more votes were polled to the SAD-BJP than the We also lost 15-20 seats just with the margin of 1,500 votes," he said.

The seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be held from April 11 to May 19 and the counting of votes will be taken up on May 23. Punjab will go to polls in single phase on May 19.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:10 IST