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Son of Indira Gandhi’s killer announces to contest Lok Sabha elections

Daily Dawn + Dawn TV Report
Faridkot: Sarbjit Singh, the son of former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi’s assassin, has announced to contest from Faridkot city in Punjab in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
According to Indian newspaper Hindustan Times, 45-year-old Sarabjit Singh says that many people in Faridkot have asked him to participate in the Lok Sabha elections and that he will contest as an independent candidate.
Sarbjit Singh’s father Bent Singh was among the two assassins who killed the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Beant Singh and Satwant Singh were Indira Gandhi’s bodyguards and they shot at Indira Gandhi outside her residence in New Delhi on 31 October 1984. Sarabjit Singh dropped out of college from 12th standard and lives in Mohali. He was admitted to Khalsa College in Chandigarh but could not complete his studies.
Sarabjit Singh contested the Lok Sabha election from Bathinda in 2004 but failed, in 2008 he tried his luck from the Barnala constituency in the Punjab Assembly elections but he got only 15702 votes and failed.
He re-contested the Fatehgarh Lok Sabha seat in 2013 and was unsuccessful, at which time he had declared his total assets worth INR 3.5 crore. In 2019, he once again contested the Lok Sabha elections on the platform of the Bahujan Samaj Party and failed.
However, in 1989, Sarabjit Singh’s mother Bimal Kumar was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Ropar seat, the same year his grandfather was elected as a Member of the Assembly from Bathinda.
It should be noted that in the phased series of Lok Sabha elections, elections for 13 seats of Punjab will be held on June 1, while counting of votes will take place on June 4.
The Aam Aadmi Party has nominated actor Karamjit Anmol for the Faridkot seat, while the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded renowned singer Hans Raj Hans.
Currently, Muhammad Siddique of Congress is the Member of the Assembly from this constituency.



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