After Delhi Tri Nagar AAP MLA Jitender Singh Tomar’s fake degree row, now Punjab AAP MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira also finds himself in the middle of a similar controversy.
The Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Bholath constituency allegedly misrepresented his educational qualification in the nomination papers submitted to the Election Commission during three consecutive Assembly elections.
“While filing his nomination papers in 2007, he stated that he has passed second year of BA, in 2012 he stated that he is a graduate and while filing nomination in 2017 he again mentioned his qualification as BA second year pass,” alleged Congress’ Ranjeet Singh Rana, who finished third in the constituency during the 2017 Assembly election.
In a written complaint to the Punjab Assembly speaker and the Election Commission, the Congress leader has demanded action against the AAP legislator.
The Congress leader also accused the AAP MLA of grabbing 22-acre land fraudulently which was meant for poor and landless farmers.
“The land worth Rs 6.6 crore was misused for personal reasons and was later given to a bogus private organization. This land was meant for poor and landless farmers but he missed it,” alleged Ranjit Singh Rana.
CHARGES MISCHIEVOUS, SAYS AAP LEGISLATOR
When contacted, AAP legislator Sukhpal Singh Khaira termed Ranjit Singh Rana’s allegations of misrepresentation in educational qualification ‘mischievous’.
“This man (Ranjeet Singh Rana) polled only 5,900 votes; he was an Akali till August last year and is a frontman of Rana Gurjeet Singh and Bibi Jagir Kaur. He is making bogus allegations against me at the behest of the duo,” alleged AAP’s Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
The AAP legislator said, “I dare Rana Gurjeet to come forward and fight with me directly. Today’s press conference is a mischievous attempt by the Congress government to stall my election as Leader of Opposition.”
Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh confirmed that he has received a complaint which is being examined.
“I have received a complaint against the member which is being examined. We are verifying the facts. I will be able to comment only after the verification process is over,” the Speaker said.