The clash of titans in this holy city between a battle-scarred veteran fighting for his political survival and a high-profile leader going through a baptism by fire is all set to go to the wire in the April 30 Lok Sabha elections in Punjab.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Chandigarh and film actress Gul Panag on Saturday added a glamour quotient to the campaign of AAP nominee from Amritsar, Dr Diljit Singh, by taking part in a road show in his favour in the city.
Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh and Amritsar Central MLA OP Soni on Saturday rubbished the “whispering campaign launched by the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal” about the latter’s joining the BJP. Commenting on the rumours, Amarinder retorted, “This is the classic example of the whispering and disinformation campaign the Akalis and BJP are notorious for”.
All India Mahila Congress chief Shoba Ojha on Saturday questioned the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for failing to come out with its election manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, saying, “It seems the Akalis are in agreement with the BJP on all issues including those related to Punjab”.
Making yet another salvo on Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal accused him of "preaching politics of hatred".
Rubbishing the allegations made by his Congress rival Amarinder Singh about involvement of leaders of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the drug trade in Punjab, BJP candidate Arun Jaitley dared the former to approach the Narcotic Control Bureau( NCB) in this regard.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday mounted a strong offensive against the Congress, saying it is a divisive party that always tried to create a divide between Hindus and Sikhs in Punjab. “Congress left no opportunity to divide Hindus and Sikhs in Punjab”, he said.
Demanding arrest of a former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) sarpanch and his associates, who allegedly thrashed a block-level officer (BLO) while verifying the voters' list, the activists of the All Punjab Aganwadi Employees' Union on Friday held a dharna in front of the office of the senior superintendent of police (SSP) here.
The All India Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed on Friday blasted the Akali Dal-BJP leadership for what he alleged ‘turning this sensitive border state into a river of drugs affecting the very future of the youth and the region’.
After Gautam Gambhir's batting for Amritsar BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, former Indian skipper and left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi came here on Friday to play for Congress nominee Captain Amarinder Singh.
Congress on Friday termed the present Lok Sabha elections as a fight between two "diametrically opposite ideologies".
Expressing concern over smuggling of drugs from Pakistan, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Friday called for effective measures to contain "narco-terrorism which is a new form of insurgency".
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”.