Chandigarh: As per media reports New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh’s younger brother Gurratan Singh easily clinched the provincial NDP’s nomination to contest Canada’s largest province of Ontario’s elections, scheduled for June, from Brampton, a suburb of Toronto.
Hundreds of supporters cheered on as the 33-year-old was nominated to contest from Brampton East.
Gurratan Singh was flanked by Jagmeet and the provincial leader of the NDP Andrea Horwath as the nomination result was formally announced. As the event wrapped up, Horwath tweeted: “Had a blast tonight welcoming @gurratansingh to the team with a little help from his big bro, @theJagmeetSingh. Gurratan is running in #BramptonEast, and together, we are running to win this election! .”
This isn’t Gurratan Singh’s first foray into electoral politics. He ran for the seat of Peel regional councillor in 2014 and lost.
Since then, the criminal defence lawyer has been increasingly politically engaged, having played a crucial role in last year’s NDP leadership election.
When he announced his intent to seek to contest from Brampton East last month, Gurratan Singh said, “I’ve been organising in this community for the past ten years.”
He faced questions similar to those that have plagued Jagmeet Singh in recent weeks. The younger brother has condemned all forms of violence, even as Jagmeet Singh has faced criticism over his appearance at rallies that supported separatism and made a similar statement after that uproar.