CHANDIGARH: Singer-turned-politician Jassi Jasraj will take on SAD’s Harsimrat Badal and Manpreet Badal (Congress-PPP) for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Bathinda while former IFS officer Harinder Singh Khalsa is the party’s candidate for Fatehgarh Sahib.
After losing out to lawyer-politician Himmat Singh Shergill in the race for AAP’s candidature from Anandpur Sahib, Jasraj, who has also dabbled in films, has been eying Bathinda. He met AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal during his recent visit to Chandigarh and claimed that he had been assigned the task to get feedback to the party’s programmes across the state.
Jasraj had joined AAP in Jalandhar on January 9 in the presence of AAP national spokesperson and working committee member Sanjay Singh. He belongs to Sohali village in Mohali. Jasraj had featured in the film ‘Bikker Bai Sentimental’ that was released last year.
On the other hand, Khalsa, a former IFS officer was elected as Member of Parliament from Bhatinda on the ticket of Shiromani Akali Dal in 1996. For three years during the prime ministership of Atal Bihar Vajpayee he worked as member commission for SC and ST. He has served as secretary of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC). He was posted in Norway as a diplomat but resigned from service to proterst over Operation Bluestar.
“I am very impressed by Kejriwal, who has brought revolution in the country with his ideas. I have been contributing to the party already by campaigning for other candidates,” said Jasraj.
While AAP was the first to declare candidates for Ludhiana and Patiala, fielding noted lawyer HS Phoolka and medical practitioner Dr Dharamvir Gandhi respectively, it has had a hard time finding a suitable candidate for other constituencies, including Amritsar.
Sukhbir Badal has been egging on AAP to declare its candidate for Bathinda, the newly-formed party has been unable to find a suitable leader for the seat represented by Badal’s wife and sitting MP Harsimrat but also Fatehgarh Sahib.
Sources said cadres in these two constituencies were getting impatient and had even planned to meet the party leadership in Delhi to press for early declaration of candidates.
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said, “The deliberate manner in which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was avoiding announcing a candidate from Bathinda proved that it had an understanding with the Congress.” “AAP had chosen to field comedian Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur with the aim of harming the interests of SAD nominee and senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa little knowing such tactics never succeed,” he added.
Vibhor Mohan, TNN