Former minister’s son remains defiant in Punjab

April 5th, 2009 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Zirakpur (Punjab), April 5 (IANS) The embarrassment for the ruling Akali Dal in Punjab continued Sunday with Jasjit Singh Bunny, son of former minister Kanwaljit Singh, publicly announcing that he would contest for the Patiala Lok Sabha seat as an Independent candidate.
Bunny, who quit the Akali Dal and his post as chairman of Punjab’s cooperative bank Friday, made the announcement from the same dais where Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal were sitting during the memorial service (Bhog ceremony) for his father Kanwaljit Singh at Chhat village, 25 km from Chandigarh.

“I will contest for Patiala seat as an Independent candidate and I am determined to win this seat. My father had done many things for the development of the area and I would take forward his legacy,” said Bunny while addressing hundreds of people during the ceremony.

The crowd immediately responded with slogans in his support.

Kanwaljit Singh, a senior and respected Akali Dal leader and close confidant of Badal senior, died in a car crash last Sunday near Chandigarh.

Bunny also announced that his mother would contest the Banur assembly seat, held earlier by his father, as an Independent candidate.

The memorial service for Kanwaljit Singh was attended by hundreds of people, including senior Akali Dal and Congress leaders.

However, Sukhbir Badal and Parkash Singh Badal during their speeches avoided speaking on the issue of Bunny quitting the Akali Dal.

Parkash Singh Badal said, “Kanwaljit’s death is one of the biggest loss for Punjab state. He was just like my right hand in the state politics. In future, I will try to give some responsible duties to Bunny.”

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