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Jailed Amritpal and Indira killer's son to be considered independents | News from India

JALANDHAR: The results of the Khadoor Sahib and Faridkot Lok Sabha elections in Punjab indicate major upheavals in Sikh politics, along with the resurgence of Panthic politics. Radical preacher Amritpal Singh has won in Khadoor Sahib and Sarabjit Singh – the son of Indira Gandhi's assassin Beant Singh – in Faridkot, both as independents.

Amritpal was arrested last year, charged under the National Security Act and detained in Dibrugarh, Assamese.

Sarabjit's victory came in the week of the 40th anniversary of Operation Bluestar at the Golden Temple in 1984, which led to the assassination of Indira in October and the massacre of Sikhs in Delhi in November, proving that the Sikhs have not yet found closure.

Simranjit Singh Mann lost his seat in Sangrur, a seat he had won in a 2022 by-election, just three months after AAP's landslide victory in the state. Yet he has passed on his baton of radical politics to a younger generation. Sangrur, previously vacated by CM Bhagwant Mann, was the most prestigious seat for AAP.

Faridkot caused an even bigger surprise when Sarabjit defeated comedian Karamjit Anmol despite having few contacts. His campaign only got going a few days before the elections, while Anmol had CM Bhagwant and well-known entertainers backing him for weeks.

Just as the unrest of the 1980s and 1990s had affected the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Sikh justice issues affected the AAP. There were also some governance issues.
IP Singh is the Chief Correspondent of The Times of India, Jaland… Read more

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