Khaira hints at con­test­ing LS elec­tions from Bathinda

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Htpunjab - HT Correspondent

Bho­lath MLA Sukh­pal Singh Khaira, who re­signed from the Aam Aadmi Party and floated a new po­lit­i­cal out­fit Pun­jabi Ekta Party (PEP) said he might con­test the Lok Sabha elec­tions from Bathinda as de­sired by party work­ers.

Talk­ing to the me­dia dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of his party’s district of­fice here, Khaira said: “There is a de­mand from vot­ers of the seg­ment as well as work­ers of the PEP that I should con­test from Bathinda, so there is a pos­si­bil­ity that I might con­test from this seg­ment.”

He said that he will dis­cuss about it with mem­bers of the Pun­jab Demo­cratic Al­liance (PDA) and any de­ci­sion in this re­gard will be taken in a demo­cratic way.

Khaira’s PEP, Lok In­saaf Party, Bahu­jan Sa­maaj Party and sus­pended AAP MP Dharamvira Gandhi are mem­bers of the PDA.

Khaira said ef­forts are on to ex­pand the PDA and talks will be held with the Left par­ties also. We want to unite the whole op­po­si­tion for Lok Sabha elec­tions against the Congress and the Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal in Pun­jab, he said.

He said an­other AAP MLA will re­sign from the party in com­ing days. He, how­ever, didn’t dis­close the name of MLA.

On Bhag­want Mann meet­ing SAD (Tak­sali) lead­ers, Khaira said it shows that the AAP too is look­ing for al­liance part­ners in Pun­jab as their cadre in state has eroded.

He said if the AAP shows in­ter­est in be­com­ing a part of the PDA, it can be dis­cussed within al­liance, but the party will have to cor­rect its wrongs such as apol­ogy by AAP con­vener Arvind Ke­jri­wal from SAD leader Bikram Singh Ma­jithia over drug charges.

Sukh­pal Singh Khaira

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