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Sidhu files nomination for Amritsar by-poll

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 17:39 IST

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and his main Congress rival filed their nomination papers on Thursday for the by-election to the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

Sidhu, who could not file his nomination papers on Wednesday in the absence of some documents, is seeking re-election for the seat he had resigned last month.

He was convicted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court December 1 along with friend RS Sandhu for the death of a man in a road rage case in December 1988. Both were sentenced to three years in jail and a fine of Rs 1,00,000.

The high court conviction was stayed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, enabling Sidhu to contest the poll.

Sidhu, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate supported by alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal, faces Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla.

Sidhu was elected from Amritsar in the May 2004 general election.

Talking to reporters after filing his nomination, Sidhu said he was sure of victory with a bigger majority this time. "I will seek votes on the basis of my performance in the constituency."

About his rival, Sidhu said he was a lion while Singla was a lamb as far as this by-election was concerned.

Meanwhile, Singla said Sidhu would have to face defeat this time.