Punjab polls: ticket for Baba Bakala, Youth Congress leader revolts against party candidate

Youth Congress leader Satinder Singh Chhajjalwaddi has given the party a 24-hour ultimatum to withdraw the candidacy of incumbent MP Santokh Singh Bhalaipur from Baba Bakala’s seat

Raising a banner of revolt ahead of Punjab Assembly elections, Youth Congress leader Satinder Singh Chhajjalwaddi on Tuesday gave the party a 24-hour ultimatum to withdraw the candidacy of incumbent MP Santokh Singh Bhalaipur from Baba Bakala’s seat in the district of Amritsar.

Angered at being denied the ticket, Satinder Singh, who is the son of former three-time MLA Ranjit Singh Chhajjalwaddi, held a meeting with his supporters at his residence in Chhajjalwaddi village. Apart from various sarpanches and local party officials from the segment, former MP from former segment Beas, Vir Pawan Kumar also attended the meeting to support his ticket request.

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Speaking on the phone, Satinder Singh said: ‘All party workers and voters were put off by the awarding of the ticket to the incumbent MP, who they wanted to get rid of. The high command was made aware of his case; yet he was lined up again. Party workers are angry at the decision and want the ticket removed within 24 hours. Otherwise, they will be forced to map out the next course of action.

Responding to the ultimatum and allegations of corruption against him, Bhalaipur said, “The high command did not trust me overnight. This was done after a series of inquiries in the segment. Regarding the allegations against me, anyone can visit this segment and ask people if I have ever engaged in any wrongdoing. These are false allegations.

Satinder Singh had staged a massive rally in the segment to assert his claim on December 11. He was backed by Khadoor MP Sahib Jasbir Singh Dimpa, and even Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu addressed the rally on his behalf, but their support failed to get him the party ticket.


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