Sat. Apr 13th, 2024
BJP fields ex-diplomat Taranjit Sandhu from Amritsar; replaces Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur

Chandigarh : The BJP on Saturday announced the candidature of a previous diplomat, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, from the Amritsar parliamentary seat that is household to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, among the six candidates for the 13 seats in Punjab.

One more large-profile seat in the condition is Gurdaspur where the BJP has fielded 3-time legislator Dinesh Babu, who missing the 2022 assembly poll of the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) with a margin of 4,636 votes from Sujanpur that will come less than Pathankot district.

Babbu changed Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, who owes his roots to Punjab from Gurdaspur, the seat represented 4 moments by the Late actor Vinod Khanna, who died in April 2017 thanks to most cancers.

The BJP also named Preneet Kaur from Patiala, 3-expression MP Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana and ex-AAP chief Sushil Kumar Rinku from Jalandhar reserved seat. From the Faridkot reserved phase, the BJP fielded Hans Raj Hans, who is the North West Delhi MP in the outgoing 17th Lok Sabha.

Just after witnessing the embarrassing defeats of party stalwarts Arun Jaitley and Hardeep Singh Puri from Amritsar, which is customarily a Congress bastion, the reposed faith in Sandhu, a Sikh whose spouse and children has its roots right here in 1 of Punjab’s higher-profile constituencies. He joined the BJP on March 19.

Right after signing up for the BJP, Sandhu instructed the media that his aim will be supporting his house metropolis, Amritsar, to establish. “If the party feels that by contesting I can aid in the enhancement of Amritsar, I certainly will contest.”

From 1952 to 2019, 20 Lok Sabha polls and bypolls had been held, and the Congress received 13 instances, whilst others, including the Bharatiya Jan Sangh and the Janata Party, gained 6 periods and an Independent the moment.

The outgoing Member of Parliament is Gurjit Aujla, a Sikh and a community, who won the bypoll in 2017 with a margin of about 1.97 lakh votes. In 2019, he defeated diplomat-turned-politician Puri in a tough straight combat in the constituency dominated by the Jat neighborhood by 99,626 votes.

Incidentally, both Sandhu and Aujla are Jats. Now Sandhu has been fielded from Amritsar, he broke the ‘outsider’ tag, contrary to Jaitley and Puri. Also, he has shifted to his Inexperienced Avenue house here.

Sandhu, the 2nd diplomat-turned-politician right after Puri, has a loaded household heritage. His grandfather Teja Singh Samundri was among the the founders of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and his father Bishan Singh Samundri was the founding Vice-Chancellor of Expert Nanak Dev College in Amritsar.

His mom Jagjit Kaur was the principal of Governing administration College for Females in Amritsar. His grandfather quit the British army to sign up for the Independence and gurdwara reforms movement. He died in his 40s in Lahore Jail in 1926 less than colonial custody.

Samundri Corridor in Sri Harmandir Sahib is named in his memory. Before the announcement of his title as the BJP candidate, Sandhu has hit the streets of Amritsar. Usually he’s witnessed interacting with the locals and savouring jalebis and gulab jamuns and saying he has a loved ones connection with this town.

Actor Deol gained his electoral debut by defeating Congress heavyweight and sitting down MP Sunil Jakhar from the Gurdaspur constituency with a margin of around 80,000 votes in 2019.

Jakhar, at present the condition BJP device chief, experienced received the Lok Sabha bypoll by 193,219 votes in October 2017. The bypoll was necessitated by the demise of the BJP sitting MP Vinod Khanna.

Last month, Main Minister Bhagwant Mann took a jibe at Deol, stating “politics indicates serving and becoming offered to men and women spherical the clock.” At existing, the BJP at this time has two MPs in the 17th Lok Sabha — Som Prakash in Hoshiarpur and Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur.

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