Sarabjit Singh Khalsa (34), son of Beant Singh, one of the two assassins of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has jumped in the poll fray from Fatehgarh Sahib reserve seat. He filed the nomination papers as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate here on Saturday.
Sarabjit, a resident of Mohali, has declared his assets worth Rs. 3.5 crores. An unemployed, Sarabjit says he is surviving on rental income of his properties.
Earlier, Sarabjit was a member of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and had unsuccessfully contested election from Bathinda in 2007.
After filing nominations, Sarabjit told Hindustan Times that he joined BSP as SAD (Amritsar) had nothing to offer to the public and was losing its base. He added that BSP was a party which offered platform to the Dalit community.
"I am impressed with BSP founder Kanshi Ram, who in 1997 had said that he would implement the Guru Granth Rehat Maryada in entire country. And this is my ideology as well,” he said.
Apart from raking up public issues like health services, unemployment, drug-addiction, shortage of power, Sarabjit said that the main issue, however, remained the apathy of ruling parties of Punjab towards the common man.
“I am sure that this time not only Sikh hardliners, but even the common man will vote for me as they are fed-up with Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal,” he added.