-Lecturer at Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib
-Belongs to Shaheed Family Her Chacha Ji Bhai Sukhpal Singh was Shaheed April 8, 1992
BATHINDA: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) replaced its candidate for the Talwandi Sabo assembly bypoll on Friday, over criticism of its choice of candidate. On the penultimate day of filing of nomination papers, it fielded Baljinder Kaur, a lecturer at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib.
The party had earlier given the ticket to Punjabi singer Balkar Sidhu.
An announcement to this effect was made late in the evening, following a series of meetings by the party leaders. Apparently, an email by a girl from Canada, levelling charges of “kabootarbazi” (human trafficking) against Balkar, made AAP rethink on its choice of candidate.
Baljinder, from Jaga Ram Tiarth village in Talwandi Sabo, is also a social activist.
“My daughter has resigned from her post of lecturer and left for Talwandi Sabo to file nomination papers on Saturday,” her father Darshan Singh said.
Balkar, though, has termed the allegations as political conspiracy to stop him from contesting polls. “Let the complainant come forward with evidence against me, that I had cheated or maltreated anyone. I have been going to Canada, America and England since 1999. No case anywhere in India or abroad has been registered against me,” he said.
Sources said, one Amarjit Kaur, originally from Poohla village, had gone to Canada in the company of the Punjabi singer and his troup. She has accused Balkar of taking Rs 8 lakh from her family and of maltreating her in Canada. Although no police complaint was lodged, she has now levelled by sending an email to AAP leader Prashant Bhushan.
When contacted, her relative Harbant Singh declined to give details, saying “we have written to Prashant Bhushan and don’t want to talk to anyone over the issue”.
AAP Punjab spokesman Dharmvira Gandhi admitted that some facts about Balkar being involved in kabootarbazi had come to light and that the party had decided to give the ticket to Baljinder.