As they clash for the prestigious Amritsar seat, stalwarts Arun Jaitley of the BJP and Capt Amarinder Singh of the Congress are trying to shed the “outsider” tag not just on the battleground but also through a raging virtual war. With Amritsar boasting of nearly 4.4 lakh active Facebook users, the cyber teams of both the leaders are vying for more likes and comments on the social networking site to beat the poll rival in the cyber war.
In a surprise move, veteran jour nalist Kuldeep Nayar on Thursday threw his weight behind senior BJP leader and party’s Amritsar nominee Arun Jaitley who is pitted in a tough fight against his Congress rival Captain Amarinder Singh.
Hitting back at his BJP rival Arun Jaitley for blaming him for the imposition of property tax in Punjab, Cong ress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that the former should have checked his facts about the matter “before putting his foot in the mouth”.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi may not have come to Punjab for the election campaign yet, but with technology at its best, he made a virtual appearance on a stage in the city and addressed a rally through the state-of-the-art 3D hologram.
Former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday stressed the need for taking up confidence-building measures with Pakistan for making Amritsar an important trade centre, not only for the neighbouring country but for the entire Central and West Asia.
Terming unemployment as a root cause of drug addiction, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley promised to upgrade the Sree Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport here to its "full capacity as it will provide immense employment opportunities in the area and help eradicate the menace of drug addiction".
With the campaign heating up, Bollywood seems to be making inroads to the Holy City, as on Thursday famous Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi reached Amritsar for a road show in support of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley.
Punjab Congress president and Gurdaspur candidate Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday said that deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has admitted the “utter failure of his own development model while projecting the Gujarat model for the entire country”.
Seeking to woo woman voters, BJP candidate from Gurdaspur Vinod Khanna on Wednesday said that bringing projects that would help women become financially independent would be among his top priorities.
Foiling a bid to smuggle drugs across the Indo-Pakistani border, Border Security Force personnel shot dead a Pakistani intruder near the Rajatal border outpost on Wednesday and recovered eight kg heroin, valued at about Rs 40 crore in the international market, that he was trying to smuggle into the Indian territory.
In a shot in the arm of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, rebel leader Gurpartap Singh Tikka on Wednesday came back into the party fold in the presence of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Amritsar BJP candidate Arun Jaitley.
Amid the ongoing verbal duel between BJP candidate Arun Jaitley and his opponent Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also launched an offensive by saying that 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Amritsar will ensure a ‘final farewell’ to Capt Amarinder Singh from politics.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday charged his Congress rival Capt Amarinder Singh with introducing the system of levy of property tax in Punjab.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday claimed that Congress's popularity among the electorate was nosediving despite the massive promotion through advertisements worth hundreds of crores spent from the government coffers.
Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said despite a promise by Narendra Modi, the Gujarat government has not withdrawn the petition against the Punjabi farmers from the Supreme Court.