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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Khaira is PDA candidate from Bathinda LS seat

Khaira said he is looking forward to take on Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is the sitting MP from Bathinda.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 17, 2019 10:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bathinda
Sukhpal Khaira,PDA candidate,Bathinda seat
Sukhpal Singh Khaira (File)

Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) on Saturday announced that Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) chief and Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Bathinda constituency.

Announcing his candidature at a press conference here, Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi said Khaira has been in the forefront to raise the issues of Punjab for the past two decades.

Khaira said he is looking forward to take on Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who is the sitting MP from Bathinda.

He dared Harsimrat and finance minister Manpreet Badal, who was the Congress candidate in Bathinda in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, to have a live debate with him at a place and time of their choice to discuss the burning issues of Punjab and Bathinda.

He said, “If Harsimrat changes her constituency to Ferozepur, Simarjeet Bains of the Lok Insaaf Party can contest against her as PDA candidate.”

Manpreet: Harsimrat must clear air on her candidature

Evading to be drawn into the debate of contest between him and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in Lok Sabha polls, Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Saturday asked her to clear her stand on her candidature.

Commenting Harsimrat’s statement that she is always ready to contest against him, Manpreet said he doesn’t want to get into this (debate). “She is saying that she wants to contest from Bathinda, but it is for her party to decide about her candidature. She should clarify whether she is contesting from Bathinda or not,” he added.

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 10:17 IST