Not willing to risk defeat, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is going to push almost every minister, chief parliamentary secretary, and legislator it has got into Khadoor Sahib to campaign for party candidate Ravinder Singh Brahmpura in the assembly by-election.
Punjab deputy CM and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal was himself at Khadoor Sahib on Wednesday to motivate party workers. A battery of Akali leaders will camp in the constituency from Friday to the voting day on February 13. SAD stalwart and MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, whose son has been fielded, said the visiting senior leaders would stay with the party workers from Tarn Taran district. Sukhbir assigned them the duties personally.
130 villages to cover
The SAD has divided the constituency’s 130 villages into 24 zones for campaigning. The cabinet ministers deployed in the segment include Bikram Singh Majithia, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, Prem Singh Chandumajra, Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Tota Singh, and Sikander Singh Maluka.
SAD candidate Ravinder Singh Brahmpura said party’s women’s wing president Bibi Jagir Kaur would campaign among the constituency’s women and cabinet minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon canvass in the villages moved from the Patti segment to Khadoor Sahib. Sukhbir and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal would also camp in the constituency for a few days,” he added.
Brahmpura to file nomination on January 25
No candidate has filed the nominations papers, so far, even though the option is open since January 20. Ravinder Singh Brahmpura of the SAD told HT he was collecting all the documents required and he might file the papers on Monday (January 25). Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dissident Sumail Singh Sidhu, contesting with the support of Punjab Sanjhiwal Morcha, said he would file his nomination papers by Saturday (January 23).