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SAD (Taksali) withdraws candidate from Khadoor Sahib in support of PDA's Paramjeet Kaur Khalra

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The (Taksali), a breakaway faction of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Sunday evening announced withdrawal of its candidate, ex-Joginder Jaswant Singh, from and its support to Democratic Alliance's (PDA) in the seat.

The candidate is the wife of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, who disappeared in fake a encounter in He was allegedly killed by police officials in 1995 after he was abducted from his house in district.

"We have decided to withdraw our candidate J J Singh from seat and will support candidate Paramjeet Kaur Khalra," (Taksali)

The sacrifice of could never be forgotten, he said, adding that he has also appealed to the to withdraw its candidate from the Lok Sabha seat.

(Taksali) said, "People from Punjab and Punjabi Sikh diaspora settled in different countries were constantly in touch with us seeking our support to So respecting their sentiments, we have decided to withdraw our candidate to support her."

"But we also appeal to Khalra to contest the elections as an Independent instead of a party candidate. We will assure her win from Khadoor Sahib as I myself had won the last from there with a margin of about 1 lakh votes," Brahmpura

When contacted, Gen J J Singh (retd) it was candidature.

"I had a meeting with Brahmpura today. I told him our strategy is not correct and we should make a united front against our political adversaries -- the and the SAD.

"On the ground, we are contesting against each other. Either you ask her (Khalra) to step down or I am ready to sacrifice for the cause of 'Panth' (Sikh community) because I think we cannot achieve anything by fighting each other," Singh said, adding he would support in the polls.

Meanwhile, member and hailed the move of SAD (Taksali).

"This would go a long way in forging full unity in the opposition ranks of Punjab to defeat the traditional parties -- the Congress, SAD and BJP," he said.

The PDA comprises Sukhpal Singh Khaira-led (PEP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), (LIP), Punjab Manch led by suspended Dharamvira Gandhi, and the Revolutionary Marxist Party of (RMPI).

The SAD candidate from Khadoor Sahib, Bibi Jagir Kaur, said, "Withdrawing the candidature of Gen J J Singh (retd) by SAD (Taksali) neither surprised me nor shocked me as I had already predicted that the gentleman general would ultimately be ditched by the party."

While the has fielded Jasbir Singh Dimpa from the seat, the has fielded its from the parliamentary constituency.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 22:30 IST