‘SAD core panel to take call on Har­sim­rat’s can­di­da­ture’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

ALISHER (SANGRUR): Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) pres­i­dent Sukhbir Singh Badal on Satur­day said the party core com­mit­tee will take a call on the can­di­da­ture of Union food pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries min­is­ter Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal.

He said it was for the SAD core panel to de­cide if Har­sim­rat would con­test against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhag­want Mann in Sangrur or fight from some other seg­ment in the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions.

“The SAD is yet to take a fi­nal de­ci­sion on who will fight from which seg­ment in the up­com­ing polls,” Sukhbir said.

The SAD pres­i­dent was at Alisher vil­lage near Lehra­gaga to at­tend ‘Kabaddi Cup’ or­gan­ised in the mem­ory of Man­meet Alisher, a Pun­jabi singer and com­poser, who was set on fire in Aus­tralia’s Bris­bane in 2016.

Har­sim­rat Badal had on June 11 said that Bhag­want “did not need to come to Bathinda to pick an elec­toral fight with her”.

She had chal­lenged him to con­test against her from his home turf, Sangrur. The AAP, how­ever, has al­ready de­clared Bhag­want as its can­di­date from the seg­ment.

Af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of vet­eran Akali leader and MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa from all party posts, his son and Lehra­gaga MLA Par­min­der Singh Dhindsa had clar­i­fied that Dhindsa fam­ily will not con­test Lok Sabha elec­tions.


Sukhbir Singh Badal said the 10-day de­lay in paddy transplantation brought down its out­put by 15% and in­creased the mois­ture con­tent.

He said this dur­ing his visit to the Tapa and Pakho Kalan grain mar­kets in Bar­nala on Satur­day.

Sukhbir Singh Badal

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