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Paramjit Khalra strongest panthic face against SAD’s Bibi Jagir: Khaira

“My agenda will be promoting human rights. If I win the election, I will protect the human rights of not only the people living in my constituency but of the whole country,” Khalra said.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 13, 2019 23:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Sukhpal Singh Khaira,Punjabi Ekta Party,Shiromani Akali Dal
Sukhpal Singh Khaira(HT Photo)

Punjabi Ekta Party (PEP) chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira along with the party candidate from Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha constituency Paramjit Kaur Khalra on Wednesday kicked off the election campaign for the general elections. Khaira said Paramjit Kaur is the strongest panthic face against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s candidate Jagir Kaur.

PEP had announced Paramjit Kaur, the widow of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, as its candidate from Khadoor Sahib, considered as panthic stronghold. Former officer of Punjab co-operative bank, Jaswant Singh, was abducted from his house in Khalra village of Tarn Taran district and was allegedly killed by police officers in 1995, after Jaswant accused the police of disposing of unidentified bodies of Sikh youth killed in fake encounters. In 2007, four police officers were sentenced to life for the murder of Jaswant Singh.

Paramjit Kaur said, “My agenda will be promoting human rights. If I win the election, I will protect the human rights of not only the people living in my constituency but of the whole country. My husband had given his life for protecting human rights and I will follow the path shown by him.”

While talking to the media, on the sideline of a party workers’ meeting in Tarn Taran to support Paramjit , Khaira said after the death of her husband, Paramjit Kaur formed a human rights organisation. “She fought legal battles to deliver justice to those families, which have lost their sons in fake encounters during militancy period. She continues to fight for the human rights and we consider her as the strongest candidate against SAD’s Bibi Jagir Kaur. Khadoor Sahib is a panthic seat and Paramjit Kaur is a real panthic face,” he said.

Launching an attack on Bibi Jagir Kaur, who was announced as the SAD candidate on Tuesday, Khaira said, “Jagir Kaur has no base in Khadoor Sahib. She will suffer a severe defeat from the constituency.”

Taking on incumbent MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Khaira said, “Brahmpura violated the maryada of alliance by announcing his party (SAD-Taksali)’s candidate Bir Davinder Singh from Sri Anandpur Sahib. Even, the SAD-Taksali candidate from Khadoor Sahib General JJ Singh has no base in the area. Brahmpura should withdraw JJ Singh’s candidature immediately and should support Bibi Paramjit Kaur.”

Brahmpura had parted ways with Khaira-led Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) after it fielded candidates from Khadoor Sahib and Anandpur Sahib.

First Published: Mar 13, 2019 23:19 IST