New Delhi, Sep 20, 2017: The Indian National Congress on Wednesday appointed Punjab Pradesh Congress committee president Sunil Kumar Jakhar as the party candidate to contest Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll scheduled to be held on October 11.
In an official statement, AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the name of Sunil Jakhar as party candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha by-election from Gurdaspur Parliamentary constituency in Punjab.”
The by-election has been necessitated due to the death of Bollywood actor and five time BJP MP Vinod Khanna some time ago.
Jakhar, a loyalist of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, was being backed by the CM for his candidature. Although former Punjab Congress president and a prodigy of Rahul, Partap Singh Bajwa had staked claim on the ticket for his ex-MLA wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa. The couple had met Sonia at her residence yesterday.
Jakhar would visit Gurdaspur on Thursday and kick off his campaign. Besides Gurdaspur being a prestige battle for six month old Congress government in Punjab, it is also a high stake battle for Jakhar. He is the top man of Congress in Punjab and losing the election will not be reflect well for both him and the Congress.