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Cong offers sitting MLA Mofar to contest on Bathinda seat

punjab Updated: Jan 04, 2014 23:32 IST
Bharat Khanna

New political equations have emerged with congress party offering sitting sardulgarh MLA Ajit Inder Singh Mofar to contest elections on Bathinda Lok Sabha seat against the Chief Minister's daughter in law and the Bathinda Member Parliament Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Earlier there had been rumours of Sanjha Morcha chairman Manpreet Badal to field from Bathinda followed with an alliance with the congress.

Sources revealed that Ajit Inder Singh Mofar, a congress legislator from Sardulgarh have been offered for the Bathinda seat by the congress party. On saturday MLA mofar was in Delhi regarding a meeting.

In a recently released list of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) office bearers by PPCC President Pratap Singh Bajwa, Bikramjit Singh Mofar who is son of Ajit Singh Mofar had been given the charge of District Congress Committee President.

Mofar had been three times MLA from sardulgarh constituency and won first assembly election in 1997 on SAD (A) ticket from sardulgarh while in 2002 contesting as congress candidate Mofar lost to Balwinder Singh Bhunder of SAD (B). In 2007 Mofar defeated Balwinder Singh Bhunder and in 2012 he again defeated Dilraj SIngh Bhunder, son of Rajya Sabha MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder.

PPCC General Secretary and former Bathinda MLA Harmander Singh Jassi and former congress MLA from Bathinda Surinder Singla are other candidates in the race for Bathinda Lok Sabha ticket. Surinder Singla had won 2002 assembly seat from Bathinda and had lost Lok Sabha seat Amritsar from Navjot Singh Sidhu in 2007 by-election followed by resignation.

Speaking to HT over phone MLA Mofar said, "I hadn't refused to the proposal but the party high command will field an appropriate candidate for the Bathinda Lok Sabh seat. The discussions over the candidature are on and the party would decide it."