Denied ticket for Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat, former Congress MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee on Friday said he would take a call on whether to enter the fray as an Independent after consulting his supporters and family. Also Read - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise
The 62-year-old former MP, who had won from Jalandhar in 2009 but lost in 2014 when the Congress shifted him to Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency, on Friday said that even though he enjoyed a clean image, his claims for a poll ticket had been overlooked. Kaypee termed this denial his “political murder”. Also Read - Regretting Error: Congress MP Anand Sharma Clarifies After Praising PM Modi's Visit to Vaccine Facilities
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“I am an old Congressman. Me and my family have always been loyal to the party… By denying ticket to me, they have committed my political murder, which I was not expecting. There is a great resentment among my supporters as they feel a person who enjoys a clean image, one who and his family dedicated all their lives for the party, and whose family made sacrifice during the days of terror in Punjab, has been denied the ticket,” Kaypee told reporters in Jalandhar.
The former Congress MP, however, maintained that he would not join any party even though he said a call on whether to contest as an Independent candidate from Jalandhar will be taken after consulting his supporters and family.
“I will consult my supporters, my family before taking any decision,” Kaypee said.