Sidhu Moose Wala’s Father Stamps Out Buzz On Contesting Punjab Bypoll

Sidhu Moose Wala’s Father Stamps Out Buzz On Contesting Punjab Bypoll

Balkaur Singh urged people to attend the ‘bhog’ ceremony of his son.


Sidhu Moose Wala’s father Balkaur Singh on Saturday clarified he will not contest any elections and asked people not to pay heed to any rumour surrounding it.

His statement came a day after Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring endorsed a suggestion of economist Sardara Singh Johl to get Balkaur elected unopposed from Sangrur Lok Sabha seat.

Meanwhile, Moose Wala’s parents met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Chandigarh airport on Saturday.

After the meeting, Mr Singh took to social media and said he gets hurt when he comes across various such talks circulating on social media.

“Do not pay heed to them,” he asked people.

“The pyre of my son is not yet doused. I have no intention to contest elections,” he said.

Thanking people for sharing the grief with the family, he urged people to attend the ‘bhog’ ceremony of his son on June 8 and added that he would then share his thoughts.

Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified men in Mansa on May 29.

On his Facebook page on Friday, noted economist Johl wrote that the killing of Moose Wala was very unfortunate and painful.

“The society lost a forceful and popular voice. It is a cultural loss. Yet the loss for the parents is unimaginable and cannot be compensated,” he had stated.

While extending his heartfelt condolences to Moose Wala’s parents, Johl had said, “I feel it may be a bit helpful consolation if the father of Sidhu Moose Wala is persuaded to be elected in by-election to the Parliament from Sangrur constituency unopposed.” After his tweet, Punjab Congress chief Warring had endorsed Johl’s views.

“Nothing can compensate Sidhu Moose Wala’s loss to his parents. Dr SS Johl has suggested his father Balkaur Singh Ji be fielded as consensus candidate for Sangrur bypoll and he gets elected unopposed. I endorse it. Hope all other parties agree. Let’s put politics of one-upmanship aside,” Mr Warring had said in a tweet.

The Sangrur Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after Bhagwant Mann contested and won from Dhuri assembly segment in the 2022 Punjab assembly elections.

Mr Mann, who at present is the Punjab Chief Minister, had won from Sangrur parliamentary seat in 2014 and 2019.

Polling for the seat will be held on June 23 while counting of votes will take place on June 26.

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