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Arvind Kejriwal may announce AAP candidate from Majitha today

AAP’s candidate from Mohali, Himmat Singh Shergill, will likely be pitted against Majithia.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar |
December 14, 2016 12:25:34 am
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AAM AADMI Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is expected to announce the party’s candidate against Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia from Majitha constituency, at the Majha Fathe rally to be held in Majitha village Wednesday.

AAP’s candidate from Mohali, Himmat Singh Shergill, will likely be pitted against Majithia.

Shergill said, “Kejriwal will announce the candidate at the rally. I will follow the party’s orders.”

Shergill had ended up in third place in a close contest for the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat in 2014. He, however, faced protests from party workers after his candidature from Mohali was announced in August.

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Shergill, 37, has been a lawyer at Punjab and Haryana High Court and has been campaigning in Majitha from December 9 in connection with the rally preparations.

Shergill is already party candidate from Mohali. Shergill said, “AAP’s constitution does not allow you to contest from two seats.”

Earlier, the party’s state convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi’s name had been doing the rounds for contest against Bikram Singh Majithia.

He, however, reportedly declined to contest against Majithia and the party later announced that he would contest from Batala constituency.

Sukhjinder Singh Lali Majithia of Majitha village is frontrunner to get the Congress ticket from Majitha constituency. AAP will be the only party to field an outsider there.

Bikram Singh Majithia said, “I challenge Arvind Kejriwal to fight election from Majithia instead of making someone a scapegoat. Kejriwal is day-dreaming of gaining power in Punjab with fake promises, as he did in Delhi. Kejriwal is now exposed on various fronts for his lies.

Kejriwal has made the lives of Delhi people miserable as his performance as Delhi Chief Minister is a disaster. His anti-Punjab stance has been exposed on the Sutlej Yammuna Link (SYL) issue and other significant inter-state issues where he took stand against Punjab and back-stabbed the people of Punjab.”

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