Punjab polls: All in the family, Dera Baba Nanak may see Randhawa vs Randhawa

Cracks have appeared in former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president and ex-minister late Santokh Singh Randhawa’s legacy. His two sons won’t be on the same side in the coming elections.

Santokh’s elder son Inderjit Singh Randhawa has decided to oppose his younger sibling, sitting Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who is also party’s pick for the 2017 elections, in the upcoming polls.

Sukhjinder had earlier opposed his nephew, Inderjit’s son Deepinder Singh Randhawa, in the Punjab Youth Congress elections. Still, Deepinder was elected Punjab Youth Congress general secretary with the support of former PPCC president and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa.

Inderjit had been active in the party activities with the hope that the Congress will prefer him over Sukhjinder as the party candidate from Dera Baba Nanak, riding on the fact that Congress nominee had trailed by over 25,000 votes from the assembly segment in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Inderjit has urged the All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh to withdraw the candidature of Sukhjinder, saying he was not in a position to retain the seat.

Inderjit said if Sukhjinder contested from Dera Baba Nanak, ”I will oppose him to ensure his defeat”.  He also said he may contest as an independent if his supporters wanted him to.

Sukhjinder said he was sure of his landslide victory in the upcoming assembly elections for he was enjoying the support of the Congress workers and masses of his constituency.

Source: Hindustan Times

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