Sarabjit Singh Khalsa, son of Beant Singh, one of the two assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, will contest upcoming Punjab assembly election as an independent from Bassi Pathana reserve constituency of Fatehgarh Sahib district.
Ruling SAD-BJP alliance has already fielded Nirmal Singh (64), former Judge of Punjab and Haryana high court from this constituency.
Speaking to HT late Wednesday evening, Sarabjit Singh said he has prepared himself to contest election from Bassi Pathana constituency.'
His mother Bimal Kaur Khalsa was also in politics.
Earlier, there were speculations that former MP Simranjit Singh Mann led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) will field Sarabjit (32), a resident of Mohali, from Bassi Pathana constituency but Sarabjit was close to Mann and SAD (Panch Pardhani) senior leader Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema.
Sources said Mann's party wanted to support Sarabjit at its own level and was not ready to accept the support to Cheema group. Mann and Cheema, who enjoyed cordial relations in past, now has strained relations. SAD(Amritsar) had yesterday announced to field Dharam Singh Kalaur from Bassi Pathana constituency.
Sources said SAD(A) may field one of Sarabjit Singh's relative from Chamkaur Sahib constituency.
Sarabjit, is presently living with his wife and son at Mohali. He had enrolled in Khalsa College, Chandigarh for pursing graduation but could not complete his degree. He had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha election in 2007 from Bathinda and Punjab Assembly election from Bhadaur in 2007 from Mann's party.