India News | 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Former diplomat Taranjit Sandhu files nomination from Amritsar

Taranjit Singh Sandhu offers prayers at Gurudwara Chevin Pashar in Amritsar on Friday before filling out candidate forms for the Lok Sabha elections. (ani photo)

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]May 10 (ANI): Former diplomat and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Amritsar candidate Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Friday filed his nomination papers for the ongoing Sabah elections.

Sandhu was accompanied by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on the road show before filing of nomination papers.

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“He will be a good parliamentarian and is a very popular diplomat. He has made a huge contribution to the country. It is now his time to serve Amritsar. He is highly regarded in Delhi. “I cannot choose a better candidate to promote the interests of Amritsar and Punjab than Taranjit Sandhu,” the Union Minister said.

On Taranjit Singh’s demand to open a consulate in Amritsar, Jaishankar said, “I will speak (to the media) in the evening. I am very happy right now. I have come here to support him.”

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Before filing his nomination papers, Sandhu held a roadshow in an open jeep. He was flanked by S. Jaishankar.

A large number of Bharatiya Janata Party workers also participated in the nearly 3 km long road show.

Mr. Sandhu today offered prayers at Gurudwara Chevin Pashar in Amritsar before filing his nomination papers.

Sandhu, a native of Amritsar, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in March this year.

On February 1, Sandhu resigned as India’s special envoy to the United States and was relieved of his duties.

Sandhu was appointed as India’s ambassador to the US in February 2020. Mr. Sandhu’s most immediate task after his appointment was to maintain the momentum of then-President Donald Trump’s visit to India and the subsequent bilateral relationship.

He is one of the most experienced Indian diplomats in US affairs and has previously served in the Indian Mission in Washington DC twice.

He served as Deputy Minister at the Embassy of India in Washington DC from July 2013 to January 2017.

Punjab will hold a mass vote on June 1 to elect 13 members of parliament for the 18th term.

In the past general elections, the BJP won 2 seats with 9.7% vote share, the Congress won 8 seats with 40.6%, and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and AAP won 1 seat each.

Elections for 543 parliamentary seats will be held from April 19th to June 1st, with vote counting scheduled for June 4th. (ANI)

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