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Third front a sham, contest only with Cong, says Sukhbir 

Patiala: Rejecting allegations of a secret pact between the Akali Dal and the Congress, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Lok Sabha polls in the state would see a direct contest between the two traditional parties.

Sukhbir has been holding meetings with party leaders and workers to discuss probable candidates. Sources say for Patiala, besides former minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, the party is contemplating the name of Jagdish Kaur, whose husband, son and three cousins were killed in Palam Colony’s Raj Nagar in 1984. Her account had served as clinching evidence in the conviction of Sajjan Kumar and five other accused recently.

“Her name has been discussed and she might be fielded from the Patiala constituency,” confirmed a SAD leader privy to the discussion. “She can give a tough fight to Preneet Kaur, if she contests the polls,” he claimed.

Earlier addressing party workers at a meeting organised by Sanaur MLA Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra at Sanaur, Sukhbir rejected the third front, claiming that “a few turncoats have joined hands and all they are doing is politics of opportunism”. “The contest is only between the Congress and the Akali Dal. I am meeting workers across the state get firsthand feedback from the cadre to choose candidates on merit,” he stated.

Sukhbir welcomed the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to constitute an SIT to probe 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Kanpur.

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