The BJP has fielded Kargil Battle hero Brigadier (retd) Khushal Singh as its candidate for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat towards the Congress’ Pratibha Singh for the approaching bypolls.
Khushal Singh filed his nomination papers on Thursday afternoon within the presence of Himachal Pradesh Leader Minister Jai Ram Thakur and state BJP leader Suresh Kashyap.
The Mandi Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma’s dying in March.
Pratibha Singh, who’s the spouse of overdue leader minister Virbhadra Singh, will record her nomination papers on Friday.
After submitting his nomination papers, Khushal Singh instructed PTI that 1.5-2 lakh of the overall 12,99,563 electors in Mandi are defence team of workers, ex-servicemen and their members of the family and he was hoping that almost all of them will vote for him on October 30.
On his opponent Pratibha Singh, he mentioned she won’t get any sympathy votes as folks will take note her efficiency throughout her two earlier tenures because the MP from Mandi.
Born in 1954, Khushal Singh hails from Mandi’s Nagwain village. He graduated from Himachal Pradesh College and holds a PG Degree in Computer systems and Human Rights.
Sooner than becoming a member of the Indian Military in 1975, he labored as a village earnings officer for 3 years. All over his 34-year army occupation, he participated within the Indian peacekeeping undertaking in Sri Lanka towards the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Whilst on a United International locations peacekeeping undertaking in Sierra Leone, he effectively led Operation Khukhri and liberated 234 squaddies, together with 225 Indians, who had been being held hostage by means of rebels.
All over the Kargil conflict, he was once the commanding officer of the 18 Grenadiers, which captured Tiger Hill and Tololing, which might be of strategic significance to India, from Pakistani infiltrators. He was once awarded the Yudh Seva Medal and his unit gained a file 52 gallantry awards.
Publish-retirement, he has been curious about social paintings and politics.