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Bathinda: IAS bahu Parampal Kaur of Sikander Maluka joins the BJP, maybe to face Harsimrat Badal at home

Since Parampal Kaur Sidhu, the daughter-in-law of prominent Akali politician Sikander Singh Maluka, joined the BJP today, it has become more difficult for Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the current Member of Parliament for Bathinda, to hold onto the seat. She is the most probable candidate for Bathinda.

At a ceremony, her husband Gurpreet Maluka, the former Bathinda Zila Parishad chairman, also became a member of the BJP; however, his father, Sikander Singh Maluka, a two-time MLA and former Education Minister, has not joined the party.

Additionally, he continued to campaign for Harsimrat yesterday without resigning from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). It’s unclear whether he will keep running for SAD office or try to get votes for her daughter-in-law.

Given that Sikander Maluka had previously notified the party leadership about his son’s and daughter-in-law’s political aspirations, the SAD has made no attempt to take action against him. According to SAD spokesman Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema, Maluka had told the party president and other top brass that his kids want to follow a different career route in politics.

Maluka is the chairman of the SAD Disciplinary Committee in addition to leading the SAD Kisan Wing.

For a few days, there was tension around Parampal’s election debut as the state government delayed her retirement from the administration.

Following her entry, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann stated that Parampal Kaur had to be aware of the terms of employment as she had joined a political party without getting permission to quit. Later on, however, it was revealed that the Centre had already accepted her resignation since she was an IAS official and the Centre is responsible for her services.

The last election was won by Harsimrat, who began her campaigning in Bathinda far earlier than the other contenders, by a margin of over 21,000 votes. Nearly second place went to Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, whose wife Amrita Warring is now running for the ticket.

This time, the SAD-BJP combine did not field Harsimrat as their candidate. How much the BJP candidate will damage her voter base is yet to be seen. Parampal may have difficulties in the fight since this is her first election. Furthermore, people in rural areas and farmers have been publicly criticizing BJP candidates.

Formerly against the Maluka family, local BJP officials are now fully in favour of them. Sarup Chand Singla, an ex-Akali turned BJP politician, is linked to the Maluka family. The Malukas were close to the late Parkash Singh Badal, but once Sukhbir Badal took over as party president, rifts began to show. When the party refused to provide tickets to Maluka and his son Gurpreet from the Rampura Phul and Maur Assembly constituencies, Maluka publicly voiced his dissatisfaction.

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