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Badal will be chief ministerial candidate: SAD

Written by: Staff

Jalandhar, May 10 (UNI) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said party president Parkash Singh Badal will again be its chief ministerial candidate in the punjab Assembly elections.

Talking to reporters here today, Mr Badal himself ruled out his son and party sitting MP Sukhbir Singh Badal's prospects as next chief minister if SAD came in power after the assembly election.

He said neither would Sukhbir be fielded in the assembly elections nor would he be considered for the post by the party.

The former Punjab Chief Minister's remarks came in the wake of speculation in political quarters and a section of media over the issue.

He observed that Sukhbir did not qualify on the basis of the seniority criterion and he himself would be the obvious choice of the party as leader of the SAD legislature party.

Whether SAD would go to the polls projecting him (Mr Badal) as chief ministerial candidate the former chief minister said that the party would decide on the issue.

However, senior party leader and former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said that Mr Badal is the only projected and accepted leader among the people and he did not require any special projection for this purpose.

Mr Badal said that his party would strictly follow the seniority criterion while dealing with such issues.

On the alleged violation of the criterion in the re-constitutition of the party youth wing executive Mr Badal said that family members of some leaders had been inducted in the executive in a normal routine even then he would see whether some serious irregularity had been committed in the process.

Mr Badal arrived here this afternoon to chair the meeting of the SAD political affairs committee (PAC).

He said that the meeting discussed the centenary celebration programme of the SGPC and decided to work for the successful and smooth execution of the SGPC's programme.

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