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Punjab polls: Cong leader to contest as independent

Last Updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 18:27

Kotkapura: In a jolt to Congress, its Punjab
general secretary Upinder Sharma, denied ticket to contest the
upcoming state assembly election, on Sunday said he would enter
the fray as an independent from Kotkapura assembly seat.

Sharma, the former Jail Minister, said he took the step
as he was not given ticket to contest from the constituency by
the Congress.

"Yesterday, I resigned from the party post," he said.
He was feeling ditched because this was the second time
he had been ignored, Sharma said.

"In 2007 assembly polls, I was given an assurance that I
will be accommodated next time and I vacated the seat for
Ripjit Singh Brar, brother of Congress leader Jagmeet Singh
Brar, whom the party has fielded again. I have been betrayed,"
he said.

Sharma won the Kotkapura seat in Faridkot district in
1992 and became the Jail Minister.


First Published: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 18:27
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