January 27, 2016 | By Parmjeet Singh
Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh today announced the boycott of Khadoor Sahib bypoll. He made this announcement during a press conference at Press Club, Chandigarh.
While addressing the media persons, Amarinder Singh said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had approved former MLA Ramanjit Sikki’s name but left the final decision on him.
“We have decided that our protest against sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib is far more important an issue than winning a seat,” he said. He said that the boycott did not mean they were running away for fear of defeat.
Khadoor Sahib assembly segment byelection are set to be held on February 13.
Yesterday, the Congress party had officially announced former Punjab legislator Ramanjit Singh Sikki as its candidate for the bypoll.
Congress MLA Rana Gurjit Singh had said, “We have the nomination papers ready. All depends on our state chief. If he asks him to contest and go to Khadoor Sahib, he would take a leave from his sewa and do so,” he had said.
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has fielded Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahampura’s son Ravinder Brahampura for this bypoll. The Aam Aadmi Party and combine of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and United Akali Dal have announced to stay away from these polls. Raghi Bhai Baldeep Singh, who had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha polls from Khadoor Sahib on the ticket of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting Khadoor Sahib bypoll as independent candidate.
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