Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced retired Major General Suresh Khajuria as its candidate for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll scheduled next month.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met in Delhi on Sunday to discuss their candidate.
The bypoll was necessitated by the death of actor and BJP leader Vinod Khanna, who was the sitting MP.
The decision to field 64-year-old Khajuria was taken after consultations with the Gurdaspur unit of the party and the Majha region leaders and volunteers, AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira said in Jalandhar.
Khaira, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, said that Khajuria is an old party volunteer and a resident of Pathankot which falls in the Gurdaspur seat area.
Khajuria hails from Bungal village in Pathankot. He has served two tenures as Brigade and Division Commander in Punjab during his 37 years
Khaira, flanked by Khajuria and AAP state unit chief Bhagwant Mann, said that while the Congress and the BJP were planning to "parachute" candidates, his party has fielded a local with a clean image.