BJP national executive member Swaran Salaria, who has been denied the party ticket, will file his nomination papers as an Independent candidate from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency on Wednesday.
Salaria, chairman of the Punjab State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, hails from Chauhana village in Gurdaspur constituency and is a Mumbai-based business tycoon. He worked as a BJP leader in the constituency for the past about five years in the hope that the party would field him as its candidate.
He had pleaded the party high command to drop threetime MP Vinod Khanna in these elections as he had been defeated by Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa by a margin of about 8,000 votes in the 2009 general elections, on the ground that Khanna was an outsider.
Salaria claimed that he had been made the party election in- charge in the 2012 state Assembly elections in Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts and had managed to get three of the four Assembly seats, namely Bhoa, Sujanpur and Pathankot, for the party. Salaria said it was unfortunate that the party preferred Khanna to him.
He told HT on Tuesday that he would contest as an Independent and would show his real worth to the BJP and all others.
Interestingly, BJP's official candidate Vinod Khanna will also file his nomination papers on Wednesday.