In what has been an interesting campaign battle in the Anandpur Sahib constituency, the two main candidates seem to be trying different strategies to woo voters. Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib Ambika Soni is hitting out at his rival Prem Singh Chandumajra on the issues of drugs, bad roads and other local issues, while SAD candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra is seen relying on ‘Modi wave’.
Over the past month or so, Soni has hit out at the state government for drug addiction, bad roads in rural areas, unemployment, poor facilities for irrigation and issue of wild animals destroying the crops of farmers.
On the other hand, SAD candidate, Prem Singh Chandumajra is not delving much on state issues, but is seen totally relying on the perceived ‘Modi wave’.
In most of the public rallies, he assures people that with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coming to power at the Centre, injustice and discrimination done to Punjab would end and the state would enter a new era of all-round development.
“Punjab has always been discriminated against even on the issue of distribution of water. Even going against the spirit of the Constitution, successive Congress gover nments at the Centre have centralised all powers and reduced the states to the level of municipalities,” he is often heard saying.
Soni says: “My opponents should focus on development and should answer the people when they question the lack of creation of new jobs. I assure the people of Anandpur Sahib that I will do everything to bring development as that will ensure that youth do not fall prey to drugs.”
Chandumajra says: “I plan to start an inter national airport at the earliest and g enerate one lakh jobs by encouraging investment.”To this local Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu claimed that Chandumajra was befooling the people of the constituency and that the Akalis had not brought any jobs to the region over the past seven years.