Former Congress MLA from Khadoor Sahib Assembly constituency Ramanjit Singh Sikki remained out of the battlefield day after party national president Sonia Gandhi announced his name to recontest on the seat that fell vacant after he resigned in October last year over the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Sikki participates in volunteer service at the Golden Temple throughout January every year. His personal assistant Gurminder Singh said, “He (Sikki) is still at the Golden Temple. We are yet to decide when to file the nomination.” Sikki’s mobile number was, however, switched off.
District Congress Committee president, Tarn Taran, Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, had no idea about Sikki’s whereabouts till Sunday evening. “I have been trying to contact him. We will decide the date for filling nomination papers soon,” said Bhullar.
Nominations papers can be filed till January 27. Sikki is likely to file the papers on the last day, when SAD candidate Ravinder Singh Brahmpura will also file his papers.
Till Sunday, Congressmen also had no idea about when to kick off the election campaign, with less than 20 days to go. The bypoll is slated to be held on February 13.
Though former Congress Legislature Party leader Sunil Jakhar had proposed the name of Behbal Kalan firing victim Beant Singh to contest from Khadoor Sahib, Sikki, a close associate of state Congress chief Amarinder Singh, was a potential candidate from the first day. Bajwa’s close confidant Bhupinder Singh Bittu had also left no stone unturned to claim the party ticket. Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) had officially announced its candidate on January 20 and also made its campaign plan public.