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Badal to be SAD's CM candidate in next election

Badal will again be SAD's chief ministerial candidate in the next assembly elections in the state.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 04:51 IST

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has said party president and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will again be its chief ministerial candidate in the next assembly elections in the state.

Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Badal himself ruled out his son and sitting party MP Sukhbir Singh Badal's prospects as next chief minister if SAD comes to power after the assembly elections.

He said neither would Sukhbir be fielded in the elections nor would he be considered for the post of CM by the party.

The former Punjab Chief Minister's remarks came in the wake of speculation in political circles and a section of media over the issue.

Mr Badal said Sukhbir did not qualify for the post on the basis of the seniority criterion and he himself would be the obvious choice as leader of the SAD legislature party.

He said the party would decide on whether SAD would go to the polls projecting him (Mr Badal) as chief ministerial candidate.

However, senior party leader and former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur and present SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said Mr Badal is the only accepted leader for chief minister's post among the people and he did not require any special projection for this purpose.

The former chief minister said that his party would strictly follow the seniority criterion while dealing with such issues.

On the alleged violation of the criterion in the re-constitution of the party youth wing executive, Mr Badal said induction of family members of party leaders in the executive in normal, but he would see whether any serious irregularity had been committed in the process.

Mr Badal arrived here this afternoon to chair the meeting of the SAD political affairs committee (PAC).

He said the meeting discussed the centenary celebration programme of the SGPC and decided to work for the successful and smooth execution of the SGPC's programme.

First Published: May 11, 2006 04:42 IST