AAP on Sunday announced Major General (retired) Suresh Khajuria as its candidate from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat where a bypoll. The bypoll is scheduled in Gurdaspur for next month due to the death of BJP MP and former Bollywood star, Vinod Khanna.
AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira said in Jalandhar that the decision to field 64-year-old Khajuria was taken after consultations with the Gurdaspur unit of the party and the Majha region leaders and volunteers.
Khaira added that Khajuria was an old party volunteer and a local resident of Pathankot which falls within the Gurdaspur seat.
Khajuria hails from Bungal village in Pathankot. He has served two tenures as Brigade and Division Commander in Punjab during his 37 years of service.
Khaira, who was flanked by Khajuria and AAP state unit chief Bhagwant Mann, said that while the Congress and the BJP were planning to bring in “parachute” candidates, his party has fielded a local candidate with a clean image, reported Press Trust of India.
Contrary to its claims of winning majority, AAP had only managed to win little over 20 seats in the 117 seats assembly. However, in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the party had surprised everyone by winning four parliamentary seats.
The bypoll in Gurdaspur, an otherwise BJP bastion, has been scheduled for 11 October and results will be declared four days later. Actor- turned-politician Khanna, who passed away in April this year, won the seat four times.