Punjab polls: Denied ticket, SAD MLA Avinash Chander quits party, Assembly

The Akali Dal later named Baldev Singh Khaira as its candidate from Phillaur.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published:November 19, 2016 3:29 am
Avinash Chander, Sarwan Singh, SAD, Akali Dal, drugs, news, latest news, India news, national news Speculations are rife that Chander may return to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) after reports surfaced of his purported meetings with senior BSP leaders earlier.

SAD MLA from Phillaur Avinash Chander filed his resignation from both the party and Assembly on Friday. His resignation comes after he was not given a ticket for next elections. On Thursday, Sarwan Singh Phillaur had also resigned from both the party and the Assembly, reportedly, on similar grounds.

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Speculations are rife that Chander may return to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) after reports surfaced of his purported meetings with senior BSP leaders earlier. Chander is being investigated for his alleged role in the Rs 6,000-crore synthetic drugs case. The Akali Dal later named Baldev Singh Khaira as its candidate from Phillaur.

A two-time SAD MLA, Avinash Chander, who won from Kartarpur (reserved) and Phillaur (reserved) assembly segments in a row in 2007 and 2012 assembly elections, respectively, had first contested as BSP candidate in 2002 Kartarpur assembly seat but lost to a Congress candidate.

SAD sources said that Chander was already exploring other prospects. He met with BSP supremo Mayawati in Delhi through former BSP state chief Avtar Singh Karimpuri, claimed BSP sources. Chander could not be reached for comments.