Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has announced its first candidate for the upcoming Vidhan sabha elections due early next year. Gurpreet Singh ‘Raju’ Khanna from Amloh is SAD’s first candidate.
Khanna, has risen through the ranks from Student Organisation of India (SOI), a student wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal.He is quite famous among youth , especially in Punjab university Chandigarh.
Apparently Deputy chief minister and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal posted this on his official Twitter account on Tuesday: “I appeal to the people to make Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna victorious in coming assembly elections to ensure complete development of Amloh.”
The SAD had replaced its Amloh constituency (halqa) incharge Jagdeep Singh Cheema with Khanna earlier this month. Earlier in the day, Sukhbir at a sangat darshan (public meet) in Amloh urged people to “make Raju Khanna win”, though SAD had not announced its candidates formally yet. He also tried to curb possible dissent by Cheema’s supporters. Just before the start of his the programme, he headed toward the microphone despite an announcement that Raju Khanna was to address the gathering, and praised Cheema. He also announced that Cheema would be given more responsibilities in the party and the next government .
“Now Cheema and Raju Khanna would be working together to make the party win,” he said.
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