SAD announce its first candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections
KS Diwan/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
Following her acquittal by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, over the mysterious death of her daughter, former SGPC president, former minister and Akali leader Bibi Jagir Kaur, in December last year, the Shiromani Akali Dal fielded her from Khadoor Sahib. The seat is the stronghold of Akali MP Ranjit Singh Brahampura, one of the three veteran leaders who last year revolted against SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and floated the breakaway Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali).
After indication given by SAD supremo Sukhbir Singh Badal, Bibi Jagir Kaur had already started her campaign in Khadoor Sahib, and holding meetings with Akali and BJP activists. Jagir Kaur has also started campaigning in all nine assembly segments of Khadoor sahib Parliamentary constituency consisting the assembly seats of Tarn Taran, Khadoor Sahib, Khemkaran, Patti, Baba Bakala, Jandiala, Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi and Zira .She is has been heading Kapurthala’s Dera Sant Prem Singh Muralewala — which has followers in almost every village in her traditional Bholath Assembly constituency and adjoining areas — since 1987, taking over five years after her husband’s death.
The two-time SGPC chief joined the SAD in 1995 and was appointed member of the party’s working committee. In 1997, she was elected from the Bholath assembly constituency in Kapurthala district and was elevated as tourism and cultural affairs minister in the Parkash Singh Badal cabinet. She is also a President if Istari Akali Dal
She courted controversy when her daughter Harpreet Kaur was found dead under mysterious circumstances in April 2000. Jagir Kaur was convicted by a trial court but was acquitted by the high court in December 2018.