Some Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders from Bathinda want sitting MP and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to contest from the parliamentary segment again, even as the party leadership is indecisive over her candidature from there.
There are speculations that the two-time Bathinda MP may contest from the Ferozepur segment. Among those who have conveyed their feelings in this regard to the party leadership are former MLAs Sarup Chand Singla, Jeetmohinder Singh Sidhu and party leader Amit Rattan Kotfatta.
Former minister Sikander Maluka, who is rumoured to be the SAD candidate from Bathinda if Harsimrat doesn’t contest from the seat, said local leaders and party workers want Harsimrat to contest from the seat but the party will have to keep several factors in mind before taking a decision in this regard.
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Kotfatta, who unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly polls from Bathinda (rural) segment, said, “I have conveyed my own and my supporters’ feelings to the party leadership that we are in a strong position in Bathinda and she should contest from here.”
Sarup Chand Singla led a delegation of local party leaders to meet Harsimrat in Delhi last week, appealing to her to contest from the seat. Jeetmohinder said she has ensured all-round development of the segment. “The workers too want her to contest from the segment,” he said.
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Mar 20, 2019 13:34 IST