A post on the Facebook page ‘Shiromani Akali Dal America’ says the team behind is ready to bet $100,000 (Rs 66.5 lakh) on a victory for SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad. It was posted around noon on Friday as per Indian Standard Time (IST), hardly 24 hours before the final results would be out on Saturday. Polling in Punjab was held on February 4, and Sukhbir is being challenged on his seat by Aam Aadmi Party’s Bhagwant Mann and Congress’ Ravneet Singh Bittu, both currently members of Parliament.
The post said: “Only 24 hours left for Election Results... No Congress No AAP Only Badal Pash”. Pash is the nickname of chief minister and SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal.
It added, “If any AAP Bhagat is ready to Bet for Jalalabad Seat ? Shiromani Akali Dal America is ready with $ 100,000 Cash Bet... Yes We Bet $ 100,000 for S. SukhBir Singh Badal’s Victory--He will be the winner but if anybody is up for Bhagwant Maan or Ravneet Bittu come on contact us in next 15 hours .... Make sure you bring $100,000 Cash and we will pick a neutral third party and will Deposit that amount right away and so do you ... (sic)”