Amritpal Singh's Mother Says No Decision on Lok Sabha Election Bid Despite Public Pressure

Amritpal Singh, the pro-Khalistan leader of 'Waris Punjab De', may contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections from Khadoor Sahib, Punjab, despite facing criminal charges and being jailed under the National Security Act. His potential candidacy could reshape Punjab politics and bring the separatist agenda to the national stage.

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Amritpal Singh's Mother Says No Decision on Lok Sabha Election  Bid Despite Public Pressure

Amritpal Singh's Mother Says No Decision on Lok Sabha Election Bid Despite Public Pressure

Balwinder Kaur, the mother of 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh, has denied reports that her son will contest the 2024 Lok Sabha election from the Khadoor Sahib constituency in Punjab. In an interview with The Hindu, Kaur stated that no decision has been made regarding Amritpal's candidacy, despite facing "immense" public pressure for him to run.

Amritpal Singh, a pro-Khalistan propagator, was arrested by Punjab Police in April 2023 following a crackdown on his outfit. He had previously led a violent mob that stormed a police station in Amritsar, demanding the release of one of his associates. Amritpal is currently lodged in a jail in Dibrugarh, Assam under the National Security Act (NSA).

Amritpal's legal counsel, Rajdev Singh Khalsa, claimed that the 'Waris Punjab De' chief has agreed to contest the Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate from Khadoor Sahib at Khalsa's request. However, Amritpal's father, Tarsem Singh, said he would only comment on the matter after meeting his son on Thursday, asserting that Amritpal had previously shown no interest in joining politics.

Why this matters: Amritpal Singh's potential candidacy in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections has significant implications for Punjab politics and the Khalistan movement. As a prominent pro-Khalistan figure, his decision to enter electoral politics could reshape the political landscape in the state and bring the separatist agenda to the forefront of national discourse.

Balwinder Kaur emphasized that any decision regarding Amritpal's candidacy will be taken after deliberations, once his father returns from visiting him in Dibrugarh. Amritpal Singh and nine of his associates are currently facing multiple criminal charges, including incitement of communal disharmony, attempted murder, assaults on police officers, and obstruction of lawful duties of public servants.

Key Takeaways

  • Amritpal Singh's mother denies reports of his 2024 Lok Sabha candidacy.
  • Amritpal, a pro-Khalistan leader, is currently jailed under the National Security Act.
  • Amritpal's lawyer claims he agreed to contest elections, but his father denies interest.
  • Amritpal's potential candidacy could reshape Punjab politics and the Khalistan movement.
  • Amritpal and associates face multiple criminal charges, including inciting communal disharmony.