Khaira will bow out of contest, claims Majithia
Bathinda, April 27
Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia today alleged that Sukhpal Singh Khaira had planned to run away from Bathinda as part of a deal with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
Majithia alleged that Khaira had filed his nomination papers from his recently formed party Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) even as he was presently AAP MLA. As per the People’s Representation Act, 1951, an elected representative who has been elected on the symbol of any party can contest parliamentary or any other elections on the same symbol. If he contests on any other symbol, his nomination papers would be disqualified, he said.
He alleged that Khaira knew that his papers would be disqualified but despite that, he filed the papers to mislead people on the directions of the Congress.
Majithia alleged similar was the position of PEP candidate from Faridkot Baldev Singh, who is sitting MLA from Jaitu.
He alleged that Khaira had floated his new party and other AAP MLAs had joined him. Despite this, they had not been disqualified by the Speaker.
Majithia said, “We had raised this issue in the Vidhan Sabha asking the Speaker to bring clarity as to who was a member of the House and who was not, because in media, Khaira and others had been claiming from the last six months that they had sent their resignations to the Speaker.”
“The Speaker did not give any clarity and I think it was his compulsion as there was no direction from Capt Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar,” he alleged.