Various Sikh radical groups, including organisers of the radical Sarbat Khalsa held on November 10, 2015, at Chabba village of Amritsar, will carry out a march across the Khadoor Sahib assembly segment on January 25 to test the waters for the bypoll.
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann told HT that all Sikh groups who played a leading role in organising the radical Sarbat Khalsa would take out the march.
He said the march would start from Khadoor Sahib and after passing through villages of the segment would culminate at Goindwal Sahib the next day. “The march will be held to know the ground situation and check voters’ response. Then, we will decide whether to contest the bypoll,” he added.
He denied that they would support any other candidate in case they did not field their own. He claimed that besides his party, United Akali Dal, Shiromani Akali Dal (1920), Shiromani Akali Dal (Swatantar) as well as heads of various Sikh sects would participate in the march.
He admitted that the organisers of the radical Sarbat Khalsa were weakened as their top leaders had been jailed.
Commenting on independent candidate Baldeep Singh, he said Baldeep was from Delhi and was not aware of the ground realities of Punjab. “As the remote controls of the Congress, BJP and AAP are in the hands of those in Delhi, they cannot understand the problems of Punjabis. Their state leaders do what is directed by the central leadership,” he said.