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Channi’s brother says will contest Punjab polls as Independent from Bassi Pathana seat

Dr Manohar Singh was posted as SMO in Anandpur Kalour and he alleged that he was transferred from there on the behest of sitting MLA Gurpreet Singh GP.

Written by Jagdeep Singh Deep | Mohali |
Updated: January 17, 2022 1:55:15 am
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. (Express Photo/File)

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s brother, Dr Manohar Singh, who was eyeing a Congress ticket from Bassi Pathana Assembly seat, said on Sunday that he will contest from the constituency as an Independent. He made this announcement after the ruling party fielded its sitting legislator, Gurpreet Singh GP, from the seat.

About who sabotaged his chances of getting the ticket, Dr Manohar Singh said that the state Congress president was the main culprit.

“Some people had given a negative feedback to the high command. Yes, the party president is also involved, but I will contest the elections,” Dr Manohar Singh added.

Singh had in August last year resigned as a senior medical officer from Kharar civil hospital. Singh, who is MS (Anaesthesia), also has a postgraduate degree in journalism and has done LLB.

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He told The Indian Express that people of Bassi Pathana wanted him to contest the elections so he had resigned from his job and decided to contest the elections.

“It is the people who want me to contest the elections, I am just doing the same,” he said.

Singh said he will talk to his brother Channi and convince him about his decision to contest as an Independent. “People told me it was wrong to give the ticket to him (Gurpreet Singh GP),” said Singh, adding that the sitting legislator was “incapable and ineffective”.

Dr Manohar Singh was posted as SMO in Anandpur Kalour and he alleged that he was transferred from there on the behest of sitting MLA Gurpreet Singh GP. The transfer had led to bickering between GP and Dr Singh.

Last year, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had inaugurated the poll office of Gurpreet Singh GP at Bassi Pathana constituency.
— With PTI Inputs

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