Manpreet Ayali SAD(B) candidate from Dakha for Punjab assembly bypolls


The Hush Post| 8:58 pm|one-minute-read|

Former Dakha MLA and Ludhiana Zila Parishad chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali has been announced as the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) candidate from Dakha constituency for the upcoming bye-polls.

SAD spokesperson Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said the party had decided to nominate Ayali again for Dakha Constituency. The candidates for the Jalalabad seat will be announced within two days.

The Dakha bypoll has been necessitated after the incumbent AAP MLA HS Phoolka resigned from the seat. Ayali was elected from the seat in 2012, but he lost to Phoolka in 2017.

For the Jalalabad seat, the party is looking to field a leader from the majority Rai Sikh community. However, no name has been finalised till now.

The seat fell vacant after the incumbent MLA and former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was elected to the Lok Sabha from Ferozepur. He had defeated a Rai Sikh leader and ex-Akali Sher Singh Gubhaya by a margin of nearly two lakh votes. He had won the Lok Sabha elections with the huge support of the Rai Sikh community and the party wants to give representation to the community now.

Meanwhile, Congress has announced the names of all four candidates from Dakha, Jalalabad and Mukerian.

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