Jarnail Singh is also the party’s joint in-charge of the poll-bound State
New Delhi, 26 December 2016. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to field its Delhi legislator Jarnail Singh, an anti-Sikh riot activist, against Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal in the upcoming state Assembly polls.
The announcement is likely to be made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a couple of days at a rally at Lambi, a seat represented by Badal.
“The rally should take place in a couple of days. Currently, the Akalis (Akali Dal) are creating hurdles to ensure that the rally does not take place,” a senior party leader said.
The 43-year-old former scribe was sacked from the organisation for allegedly hurling a shoe at the then Home Minister P Chidambaram over the anti-Sikh riot issue.
Singh, who is the AAP legislator from Rajouri Garden, had also unsuccessfully contested 2014 Lok Sabha polls from West Delhi on the party ticket.
Early this year, the party had elevated Singh as co-in-charge of Punjab and its spokesperson in the State.
When contacted Singh said he was ready to take “any challenge” that the party asks him to take up. The party has already fielded prominent candidates like its Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann from Jalalabad, a seat represented by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.