As Punjab went to polls on February 4, everyone from Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal to cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann and Punjab Congress’ CM face Amarinder Singh seemed sure of a definitive win.
Harsimrat Badal on Saturday trained guns at Aam Admi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal and accused him of being hand in gloves with the terrorists. Asserting that she was expecting a clear majority in favour of the Akali
Dal-BJP government, Kaur further said the people of Punjab want a government which in coalition with the Centre can work for the state.
“We will win easily. Punjab is looking forward to peace and development,” Parkash Singh Badal said after exercising his franchise in Badal village.
“We will register a better victory this time. Amarinder Singh will lose his security deposit,” Sukhbir Badal, who is the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, told the media.
On the other hand, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday claimed that the grand old party will come to power after the Punjab elections, asserting that the victory will be a gift to the Gandhi family.
“We are sure that this time Congress will form the government and this will be out gift to Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka ji and Sonia madam. From here, politics of hope will triumph,” he said.
AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said he expected to win by a “heavy” margin the Jalalabad seat where he is pitted against deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Congress’s Ravneet Bittu.
“I will win by a heavy margin... by more than 50,000 votes,” he claimed after casting his vote.
Causing a slight frenzy with his appearance at the polling station, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh cast his vote and was eventually swamped with requests for selfies, one by the polling officer himself!
“I want Punjab to come out and vote in large numbers. People complain about what is not being done by the government and what they want for their development, so this is the time for them to make the change,” he said.
Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Capt Amarinder Singh took to Twitter on Saturday morning, hoping for a “new dawn for Punjab.”