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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Top contenders from Khadoor Sahib

None   April 27, 2014
First Published: 14:05 IST(27/4/2014) | Last Updated: 14:25 IST(27/4/2014)

Here's a look at the top four contenders from this constituency:

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SAD
RANJIT SINGH BRAHMPURA, 76

An under-matriculate, he won the assembly polls in 1977, 1997, 2002 and 2007 and remained a minister in the Badal govt from 1997 to 2002 and then 2007-12. When he lost the 2012 polls, many thought this was the end of his political career. However, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal reimposed faith in his trusted colleague and chose him to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

CONGRESS
HARMINDER SINGH GILL, 51

A postgraduate, Gill remained president of the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF), student wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal. Arrested during Operation Bluestar, he remained under detention till 1989. After his release, he became active in Akali politics. Joined Congress in 2002; thereafter, contested assembly polls in 2007 and 2012, losing to Adesh Partap Singh Kairon on both occasions.

AAP
BHAI BALDEEP SINGH, 56

Descends from a long line of masters of Gurbani Kirtan Maryada (he is 13-generation exponent). Prime exponent of ‘gharana’ of classical percussion instruments. Revived musical instruments of Sikh gurus and crafted them. These can be seen at his headquarters at Sultanpur Lodhi. He has won several awards, including the Bhai Rattan Singh Memorial award.

SAD (Asr)
SIMRANJIT SINGH MANN, 70

An ex-IPS officer, he left police service and became active in Panthic politics under the influence of slain Damdami Taksal head Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Arrested in 1984 and detained under TADA (Terrorist & Disruptive Activities Prevention Act). Won Tarn Taran LS seat in 1992 while in jail but failed to take oath over kirpan issue and lost his membership. Won Sangrur LS seat in 1999.

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