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SAD willing to field Bunny from Banur
Can be made minister if EC gives go-ahead
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 4
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today tried to assuage Capt Kanwaljit Singh’s son Jasjit Singh Bunny and other Akali stalwarts’s feelings by hailing Bunny as the natural heir to political legacy of his father to pave the way for reconciliation with the family.

With Badal in a statement here giving due importance to Bunny one day after his son Sukhbir Singh Badal claimed having been misquoted by the media on Bunny’s political future, the crisis in the SAD after Bunny’s decision to quit the party seems be heading towards resolution.

Today SAD candidate for Anandpur Sahib Dr DS Cheema revisited Capt Kanwaljit’s residence. Following this, the CM’s media adviser Harcharan Bains rang up Bunny and read out the CM’s statement, which later was released to the media.

Bunny and his sister Manpreet Kaur seem to have mellowed since yesterday. However, Bunny did not give indication of reconsidering his decision. “Yes, Badal sahab has been in touch with us, but I will say what I have to only tomorrow” (at the bhog ceremony of the late leader).

SAD sources said the Chief Minister did not want to send signals to senior leaders that the party would not own their wards after their death in tragic circumstances. Capt Kanwaljit’s family had been conveyed that the party was willing to put up Bunny from Banur and could also induct him as minister if the Election Commission gave the go-ahead.

The family has also been told that there was no move to make Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal contest from Banur. In fact, sources have also made it clear that Sukhbir would contest the byelection from Majithia to be vacated for him by his brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia.

The CM said, “We are alive to our responsibility towards his (Kanwaljit’s) family which I treat as an extension of my own family.”

Badal has also claimed that the party can never repay its debt to Kanwaljit, and was committed to stand by the family in every way, adding, “this will only be my humble tribute to the man to whom I had turned every time I needed support, help and advice”.

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