Jalandhar, Mar 28 : Senior leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal Charanjit Singh Atwal on Wednesday exuded confidence that he would emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha polls from Jalandhar reserve parliamentary constituency.
Interacting with media persons here after his candidature was announced by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, the erstwhile Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha said that he was fighting the May 19 polls on the plank of raising the issue of 1984 riots.
Mr Atwal recounted the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 'excesses' committed on the minorities during the Congress regime at the Centre.
He, however, evaded a question on the killing four members of the community in 1986 at Nakodar when DS Bains was the Sub-Divisional Magistrate at the time and had allegedly ordered firing on the mob. Mr Atwal ducked a query on the nomination of DS Bains from Fatehgarh Sahib reserve constituency.
He also failed to answer a query about the alleged misuse of funds of over Rs 31, 000 crore for the purchase of wheat during the decade-long rule of the SAD-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance in the state. (UNI)