A former Army special forces soldier, Major Surendra Poonia who has recently joined the BJP said that he wants to compete UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi from her Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli in the national elections.
BJP is looking forward to popular and challenging candidates who will be able to give a tough fight to Congress. Raebareli is in the stronghold of Sonia Gandhi as she has been winning four times from there since 2004.
On Wednesday, Major Surendra Poonia told the reporters, “It would be an honor for me if Narendra Modi ji asks me to fight against Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli constituency. I will happily take this task. This will be a fight between chowkidar (watchman) and chor (thief).”
Major Poonia said that the leadership quality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspired him to join the BJP. He joined the party in the presence of BJP general secretary JP Nadda and senior leader Ram Lal. Before him, Gautam Gambhir had also joined the BJP.
“He has always kept nationalism and national security first. He has immense respect for security forces. He has worked for needy people, youth and security forces; hence, I joined the party to serve the country,” said Major Poonia.
In the 2014 national elections, Mr. Poonia had contested from Sikar in Rajasthan. Major Poonia is also a recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal, which recognizes “distinguished service of an exceptional order”.
Among the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Congress had retained only Amethi and Raebareli. Eventually, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will contest for Amethi.
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