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AAP’s Himmat Shergill to fight against SAD’s Bikram Majithia: Kejriwal declares at Majitha rally

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has named its Punjab legal cell head Himmat Singh Shergill as the candidate against Shiromani Akali Dal firebrand and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majitha from his segment Majitha in Amritsar district. Shergill was earlier announced as candidate from Mohali.

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2016 21:48 IST
Himmat Singh Shergill,Bikram Singh Majithia,Majitha
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal with party candidate Himmat Singh Shergill at the party’s rally in Majitha constituency in Amritsar district on Wednesday, December 14.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Upping the ante in the build-up to the 2017 assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced candidature of Himmat Singh Shergill against revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia from Majitha segment. He was addressing the Majha Fateh Rally that was attended by party workers from across the state.

Shergill, who is already a candidate from SAS Nagar , has been camping in Majitha for the past few days.

Kejriwal launched a fresh attack on the Majithia , saying, “I challenge you today in your constituency — send me to jail before the polls or we will put you behind the bars after that.” The Delhi CM repeatedly attacked the minister on the drug issue.

Kejriwal declared Shergill’s name with the consent of the supporters at the rally. “You all have come from all over Punjab. Is Shergill the right candidate from Majitha?” Kejriwal said and when the gathering replied in ‘yes’, he announced Shergill as the nominee. Shergill also said he was ready for any “sacrifice” and declared to “uproot” Majithia from the segment.

Supporters holding up Kejriwal’s poster at the Majitha rally. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

‘Capt will never field strong candidate against Majithia’

Accusing Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh of having a pact with Majithia, Kejriwal said the former will never field a strong candidate against his ‘nephew’ Majithia.

“Last time also, the candidate fielded by Capt Amarinder got around 7,000 votes. It is just because Amarinder wants Majithia to win. It is just a game of Badals and Captain. A few days back when we announced the name of Bhagwant Mann against Sukhbir Badal, Sukhbir challenged me to contest against him. I just want to ask why Sukhbir doesn’t invite Capt Amarinder to contest from Jalalabad,” the Delhi CM said. “Now, Majithia has also challenged me to contest from Majitha, why doesn’t he challenge his uncle Capt Amarinder?”

Party MP and star campaigner Bhagwant Mann — who has already been declared candidate against deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal — and Punjab AAP convener Gurpreet Singh Wariach (Ghuggi) — who was earlier being pegged for Majitha but is fighting from Batala — also lambasted the Akali Dal, saying its misrule has hit the state badly in all sectors.

Rajwant Kaur, former senior vice-president of AAP’s women wing, said AAP workers did not allow her to meet Kejriwal and even misbehaved with her. She said there was resentment that AAP has compromised on its principles. She said a brick was also thrown at her car.

Candidate Shergill speaks at the AAP rally in Majitha. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Kejriwal draws a sword as a leader at the back finishes tying a turban on his head before addressing the Majitha rally; and (below) flashes the sword. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

First Published: Dec 14, 2016 17:36 IST