BSP fields former Punjab governor against Sidhu for Amritsar

March 9th, 2009 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, March 9 (IANS) The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Monday announced former Punjab governor B.K.N. Chhibber as its candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, pitting him against former cricketer and sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The BSP will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, its national general secretary Narender Kashyap said here.

Punjab is the home state of BSP’s late founder Kanshi Ram. The state has a 29 percent Dalit population.

“The BSP is representing every section of society and is committed to providing a better alternative to people of Punjab. Former governor Chhibber, who is from the Brahmin community, will contest from Amritsar,” Kashyap told the media here Monday.

Chhibber joined the BSP recently.

“We have decided the names of our candidates from 12 seats, barring Gurdaspur constituency where we are considering a Rajput candidate. Our candidates are from different communities like Sikh, Gujjar, Brahmin and backward class,” added Kashyap.

Ruling out any tie up with the Congress and BJP, Kashyap said: “People of our country want Mayawati to become the next prime minister. We are sure to give the Congress and BJP a tough contest in the forthcoming elections.”

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