Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badalfs rival with a similar name, and from the same Badal village, has gone missing after filing his nomination for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat.
Though many consider the Congress to be the favourite, the Punjab results are too close to call. People's Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal speaks to the press after the release of candidates list for the 2012 assembly election in this file photo. AFP/Narinder Nanu
Even his mother does not know the sonfs whereabouts. While she would not allow anyone to enter her house, and also refuses to give the photograph of the man in question, whom the former finance minister of Punjab dubbed as his dummy candidate gcreated for confusing the votersh.
Manpreetfs assertions got substantiated after the Bathinda deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer KK Yadav allotted the symbol kite to the candidate.
A photo of Manpreet Singh Badalfs (rival of Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal) mother. Badal filed his nomination for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat. (Agencies)
The candidate in question was once an employee of the Badalsf transport company. His mother, Amarjeet Kaur, opened the door, and claimed she did not have her sonfs contact number, not even his photograph. gI donft know where he has gone and when he will return,h she said, firmly gripping the wooden door of the small house.
gYes, it is more than a decade now,h she said, confirming the villagersf briefing that her son Manpreet was once an employee of the Badals as a bus conductor.
There was no sign of a poster or a flag to convey the candidature of Manpreet in the lonely streets of the village on Tuesday.
The Congress candidate from here was not happy on the allottment of the kite symbol to his dummy candidate, as he had even a skirmish with the deputy commissioner on the issue.
Yadav had a clarification to give, that two candidates had applied for the kite symbol and eManpreet Badalf got that through a lottery slip system.
Manpreet Badal, having the Congressfs hand has been accusing the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of gplaying the bad game of fielding a dummy candidate in connivance with the state administrationh in his campaign speeches.
gLook, they (SAD) can stoop to such a low level , and that shows how scared they are this time,h said Manpreet at an election rally in Bathinda.
The other Manpreet Badal was not available for comment.