Seechewal and Sahney file candidacies for Punjab’s Rajya Sabha seats
Renowned environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal and entrepreneur and social activist Vikramjit Singh Sahney filed their nomination papers for two Rajya Sabha seats of Punjab on Tuesday.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) declared them candidates a few days ago.
“Seechewal and Sahney, both winners of the Padma Shri award, filed their candidacies with the Clerk of the Punjab Legislative Assembly in the presence of cabinet ministers Harpal Singh Cheema and Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal,” an official said here.
The terms of Rajya Sabha members from Punjab Ambika Soni (Congress) and Balwinder Singh Bhunder (Shiromani Akali Dal) are due to expire on July 4.
Given the overwhelming majority of the AAP in the Punjab assembly, its candidates are expected to be elected unopposed.
Tuesday is the last day for submitting applications.
The review of applications will take place on June 1, while the deadline for withdrawal of applications is June 3.
Seechewal is known for his efforts to clean the 160 km long Kali Bein stream in the Sultanpur Lodhi of Kapurthala.
Sikhs believe that Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, attained enlightenment after immersing himself in Kali Bein.
Seechewal’s work was also applauded by the late President APJ Abdul Kalam, who twice visited him in his village, also named Seechewal.
Known as ‘Eco Baba’, he was hailed as one of the world’s top 30 ‘environmental heroes’ by Time magazine.
Vikramjit Singh Sahney is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist. He is the international chairman of the World Punjabi Organization, which aims to foster social, economic and cultural servitude and is functional in 22 countries.
Sahney had helped evacuate 500 Afghan Hindus and Sikhs by sending three charter flights at his own expense to Kabul in Afghanistan.
He had also coordinated with various ministries such as External Affairs the immediate evacuation of Afghan Sikh and Hindu families stranded in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.
The AAP had in March named former cricketer Harbhajan Singh, AAP chief Raghav Chadha, Lovely Professional University founder Ashok Mittal, former IIT Delhi professor Sandeep Pathak and industrialist Sanjeev Arora for Rajya Sabha and they were elected unopposed.
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