When asked, he, however, refrained from commenting on Phoolka's candidature and said: "I will follow the directions of the party high command. I will support the candidate chosen by the party."
Later, taking a dig at Tewari, Phoolka's said the former rarely visited his constituency and did not care about issues of the city residents. "Manish Tewari started visiting Ludhiana only a few months ago, clearly with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections. He never cared to visit the city before. I am sure, people of Ludhiana no longer want Tewari as their representative in the Parliament," Phoolka told a crowd of supporters, several of them seen carrying brooms in their hands.