Charging the Congress with “murdering” the democratic traditions of the country, Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Monday also accused it of using Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh as “puppets”.
The police have booked some unidentified people who opened fire at the Congress election office at Majitha Road on Sunday night. Two empty shells have been recovered from the spot.
Referring to Sanjay Baru’s latest book ‘ Th e Accidental Prime Minister’ that portrays PM Mamohan Singh as a helpless leader as against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that it only “confirms what the country ordinarily suspected”.
After remaining unceremoniously buried for 157 years in a well in Ajnala where their bodies were dumped by the British, the Gurudwara Shaheed Gunj Management Committee (GSGMC) on Sunday immersed the mud stained with their blood and some of the remains of martyrs of Kalianwala Khuh in the Ravi river, the spot where around 150 of their injured colleagues of the 26th Native Infantry Regiment died after drowning in 1857.
Mounting a strong offensive against his rivals on Sunday, Punjab Congress chief Parrtap Singh Bajwa, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur, said that while his BJP opponent Vinod Khanna was a "paratrooper without a permanent local address" despite having represented this seat thrice earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAM) candidate Sucha Singh Chhotepur was a "rank opportunist who was aspiring to join the Congress till the last".
Congress leaders from Majithia assembly segment of Amritsar Lok sabha constituency ridiculed the claims of revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia that the massive crowd which turned out at the Congress rally in Majitha on Saturday was "hired and comprised of outsiders".
Former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday ridiculed chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, saying the father-son duo was "selling fake dreams to the people of Amritsar about Arun Jaitley becoming deputy prime minister or finance minister, who could then cure all the ills inflicted by them on Punjab".
Hitting back at the Bharatiya Janta Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his ‘foreign bank account’ remarks against him, former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has challenged him to come out clean on his alleged involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Close on the heels of Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty lending a starry touch to the poll campaign of BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley, noted comedian Bharti Singh also landed in Amritsar on Saturday to seek votes for the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, who is contesting his first Lok Sabha election.
Reacting to Congress leader Navdeep Singh Goldy's joining the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Congress leaders on Friday said that it is "a good riddance as his activities were suspected for a long time and he was acting as an Akali mole in the party".
Playing the NDA card to woo voters, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that electing him to Lok Sabha would be an advantage as the BJP-led NDA is set to form the next government at the Centre while the SAD-BJP combine is already in power in Punjab.
Making his maiden appearance in the constituency since the BJP fielded Arun Jaitley and the Congress sprang a surprise by nominating former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Shiromani Akal Dal (SAD) chief and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Friday termed Amarinder as a ‘non-playing’ captain.
Former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday urged the ex-servicemen not to get misled by the vested interests, particularly the Akalis and the BJP, who were trying to spread disinformation over the one-rank-one-pension (OROP) scheme implemented by the UPA government recently.
In a major setback to Congress, party leader Navdeep Goldy, who had contested assembly by-election from Amritsar (South) constituency in 2008, joined Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) here on Friday.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday described state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa as a 'human bomb' sent by AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to "destroy himself along with the entire Punjab Congress by contesting Lok Sabha elections".