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Cong's Jassi starts campaign for party ticket, this time for his son

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, March 09, 2014
First Published: 19:18 IST(9/3/2014) | Last Updated: 20:37 IST(9/3/2014)

Failing to get party ticket from the parliamentary constituency of Bathinda, former MLA Harmander Singh Jassi has already started to campaign for the party ticket for Talwandi Sabo by-election, that has become due following the resignation of Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu from the membership of the legislative assembly to join the SAD. Jeet Mohinder joined SAD on Friday.

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However, this time he is more interested in launching his son Sanpreet Singh in electoral politics.

The rivalry between Jassi and former Congress MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu was an open secret even when both were in the same party.

Jassi  paid obeisance at Takht Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, on Sunday and met his supporters in the constituency from where he was elected as MLA in 1992 and 1997.

He showed little hesitation when asked if he has started the campaign to get party ticket. "I will be happy to contest if Congress gives me the ticket from Talwandi Sabo. But, I would be more happy, if the party give a chance to my son Sanpreet Singh."

"He has been active in politics for a long time and already worked on the post of secretary in the party," Jassi said.

33-year-old Sanpreet will largely rely on the legacy of his father.

Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu is expected to contest again from the seat on behalf of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Jassi and Sidhu have faced each other in the poll battle at Talwandi Sabo in 1997 and 2002. As a Congress candidate, Jassi had won the seat by a margin of 3,193 votes in 1997, when he was in SAD (B).

However,  in 2002, again contesting for the seat on the Congress ticket, Jassi lost the seat to Sidhu, who was contested as an independent, by a small margin of 237 votes.

Jassi's ancestral village also falls in Talwandi Sabo. "I and my family have always remained loyal to the party. My son has been groomed in Congress ideology. There would not be any young and better candidate for contesting from Talwandi Sabo other than Sanpreet," said Jassi.

People's Party of Punjab president Manpreet Singh Badal also met Jassi on Sunday. "Manpreet came to meet me today. The alliance will be announced between PPP and Congress at a press conference in Chandigarh on March 11," said Jassi.

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