The election campaign of Chaudhary Santokh Singh, the Congress candidate from Jalandhar parliamentary segment, received a major setback after his New Zealandbased brother announced to campaign for SAD candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu late Wednesday in the presence of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal.
Ravinder Singh, the elder brother of Santokh, has accused the Congress candidate of not giving his share of property from their pater nal house located at Vijay Nagar locality in the city.
“I have specially come for the elections to make people aware about Santokh who claims to be clean and honest. He has usurped my share of property which four of us brothers inherited from our father Chaudhary Gurbanta Singh,” said Ravinder.
Ravinder said he had taken a pledge to defeat Santokh due to the harassment he faced at his brother’s hands. “Santokh was defeated when he contested the last two assembly polls on Congress ticket from Phillaur. I had exposed him before the public. I will leave no stone unturned this time as well,” said Ravinder, while speaking to Hindustan Times.
He, however, said he would not have come if Vikram Chaudhary, the state youth Congress president and Sontokh’s son, had got the ticket. “I don’t have any ill will against children,” he said.
Ravinder, who is staying in a private hotel here, said he would canvass against his brother till the elections were over.
“A few days back, Vikram had come to me to sort out issues. But I asked him to send his father. I know Santokh cannot face me,” said Ravinder. In another jolt to the Congress, party leaders Dinesh Dhall and his brother Amit Dhall on Thursday joined the SAD in the presence Sukhbir Badal.The Dhall brothers have a strong base in Jalandhar North.