Ex-servicemen form Fauji Janata Party to fight elections in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2016 00:03 IST
Chairman of the United Front of Ex-Servicemen major general Satbir Singh (retd) speaking during a meeting in Jalandhar on Sunday. (HT Photo)

The United Front of Indian Ex-Servicemen (Jantar Mantar) has formed Fauji Janata Party to fight assembly elections in the state. The front has already applied to the Election Commission of India for its registration. This was announced at meeting of the front here on Sunday. As many as 50 representatives of the front from across the state attended the meeting. The front comprises many associations of ex-servicemen.

Chairman of the front, Maj Gen Satbir Singh (retired) said they had taken the decision to fighting the elections to protect the honour and rights of ex-servicemen. “We are aiming to show the presence of ex-servicemen from the panchayat to Parliament level,” said Satbir Singh.

“We have been fighting for the one rank, one pension scheme (OROP) for the past eight years, but the government has failed to take a satisfactory decision on the issue. He said the front has also formed an 11-member election committee, headed by Captain Chanan Singh Sandhu (retired), to prepare for the elections. Satbir said that the front proposed to contest around 60 ‘winnable’ seats in the elections.

“The army fraternity both retired and in service comprises more than 50 lakh voters in the state,” claimed Satbir Singh.

Satbir Singh said the front can fight in elections independently or by forming an alliance with other parties. He expressed interest in having an alliance partnership with the Aam Aadmi Party or with the Congress. He said they could also form an alliance with the BJP, if the BJP-led government at the Centre agrees to accept their demands.

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