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Simranjit Mann: Khalistan advocate again in Parliament after twenty years

Dubbed ‘Budda Jarnail’ by a few of his critics, 77-year-old Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and former IPS officer Simranjit Singh Mann had not too long ago insisted that he could have grown previous however could not be written off simply but.

His assertion proved prophetic on Sunday as he wrested the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat from the Aam Aadmi Occasion — his first electoral victory in 23 years.

Mann defeated his nearest rival, AAP’s Gurmail Singh, by a margin of 5,822 votes, dealing a giant blow to the ruling social gathering of Punjab which had registered a landslide win within the state polls three months in the past and hoped to retain the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat for the third time.

By the way, Mann’s final election win in 1999 was additionally from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency.

Chatting with reporters in Sangrur after his win, the SAD (Amritsar) chief stated, “Many used to snicker, saying what is going to Simranjit Singh Mann do. They’ve been confirmed fallacious in the present day.”

Mann thanked the voters for his victory.

“I’m grateful to the voters of Sangrur for having elected me as their consultant in Parliament. I’ll work onerous to ameliorate the sufferings of our farmers, farm labourers, merchants and everybody in my constituency,” he stated.

Born in Shimla in 1945, Mann studied at Bishop Cotton Faculty and accomplished his commencement from a authorities faculty in Chandigarh.

He joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1967 and held numerous posts together with superintendent of police (Vigilance), SP (Headquarters), senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ferozepur; SSP Faridkot and group commandant of Central Industrial Safety Power.

Mann has been a proponent of Khalistan and has been elevating problems with Sikhs and minorities at completely different boards.

Yearly on June 6, he and his supporters collect contained in the Golden Temple complicated in Amritsar and lift pro-Khalistan slogans to mark the anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

Operation Bluestar was carried out by the Indian Military in June 1984 to flush out militants hiding within the Golden Temple complicated.

Mann had resigned from the IPS in 1984 following Operation Bluestar.

He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tarn Taran in 1989 and Sangrur in 1999.

The SAD (Amritsar) has been attempting its luck within the Punjab Meeting polls however in useless.

Mann had contested the 2022 Meeting polls from the Amargarh seat and was defeated by the AAP’s Jaswant Singh Gajjanmajra by a margin of 6,043 votes.

The Sangrur Lok Sabha seat was thought-about an AAP bastion. The social gathering had gained all of the 9 meeting segments — Lehra, Dirba, Barnala, Sunam, Bhadaur, Mehal Kalan, Malerkotla, Dhuri and Sangrur — falling beneath the Sangrur parliamentary constituency within the 2022 state polls.

Senior AAP chief and incumbent chief minister Bhagwant Mann had gained the Sangrur seat within the normal elections in 2014 and 2019.

The primary plank of the SAD (Amritsar) president’s marketing campaign for the Sangrur Meeting bypoll was to safe the discharge of Sikh prisoners lodged in jails even after the completion of their sentences.

He acquired huge assist, particularly from rural areas together with Muslim-majority Malerkotla.

Earlier than Mann filed his nomination papers for the Sangrur bypoll, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, together with different leaders, had met him and urged him to assist a candidate from the household of a Sikh prisoner. Mann, nevertheless, rejected the request.

Badal’s social gathering had fielded Kamaldeep Kaur, the sister of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case, within the Sangrur bypoll.

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