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SAD candidate from Anandpur Sahib Prem Singh Chandumajra was hooted and cow dung thrown at his car at Rauni village in Morinda on Friday late evening, when he arrived to address a gathering of nearly 400 people as part of his poll campaign. Power in the area was also switched off to heckle him. The fiasco resulted due to factionalism within the village, sources claimed.
Akali leaders Bara Singh and Jasbir Singh had organised the campaign meet in favour of Chandumajra. However, sarpanch Prem Singh was missing.
To pacify the sarpanch, who had a long-standing feud with other local leaders, Chandumajra reached his house and tried to make him see reason to no avail.This seemed to have upset the people who had gathered to listen to him and his return to the venue was greeted with slogans of Chandumajra Murdabad (death to Chandumajra).
The crowd's aggressive posture continued and the hooting continued even as he reached the stage, finally forcing the leader to leave the venue in a huff.
However, his time at the village was set to get worse with some miscreants switching off the power supply as soon as he got off the stage. Chandumajra then struggled to reach his car and he did, a ball of cow-dung was thrown at the vehicle.
Jasbir Singh, one of the organisers of event, said: "Chandumajra was two hours late and arrived at around 9 pm. Villagers felt insulted when instead of addressing them at that time, he preferred to visit the sarpanch."
The second organiser Bara Singh said, "We wanted to welcome him, but now know the reasons for his string of losses at the elections."
The sarpanch, the visit to whose house is being blamed for the scene, refused to comment.
Chandumajra could not be contacted, even after repeated attempts. His personal secretary Hardev Singh, who was with him at the village, said, "The issue has been blown out of proportion. It was just groupism to the fore. There was no blackout, and the power simply went out and Chandumajra left as it was nearly 10pm."