Chandigarh: The Sehajdhari Sikh Party on Thursday
jumped into the poll fray by releasing its first list of 21
candidates for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections.
"The party has fought a long legal battle to revive the
voting rights of the Sehajdhari or non-baptised Sikhs,"
party`s president P S Ranu said.
"As per the latest census 2011, there are 1.74 crore
Sikhs in Punjab where only 55 lakh were enrolled by the
Gurudwara Election Commission as Sikh voters in the SGPC
elections...now it`s the time that these 80 lakh Sikhs will
definitely show their strength," Ranu claimed in a release.
While making it clear that they will oppose the ruling
Shiromani Akali Dal, Ranu said that options to seek support
from other parties who support the cause of Sehajdharis will
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena (Hindustan) also announced its
decision to contest the upcoming polls and released names
of 14 candidates at a news conference in Patiala.