The All India Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed on Friday blasted the Akali Dal-BJP leadership for what he alleged ‘turning this sensitive border state into a river of drugs affecting the very future of the youth and the region’.
Congress on Friday termed the present Lok Sabha elections as a fight between two "diametrically opposite ideologies".
After Gautam Gambhir's batting for Amritsar BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, former Indian skipper and left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi came here on Friday to play for Congress nominee Captain Amarinder Singh.
Expressing concern over smuggling of drugs from Pakistan, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Friday called for effective measures to contain "narco-terrorism which is a new form of insurgency".
Taking a dig at his BJP rival Arun Jaitley, Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh has said that the former has lost confidence in SAD-BJP cadre from Amritsar and started importing BJP and RSS workers from Delhi for his campaign.
In a surprise move, veteran jour nalist Kuldeep Nayar on Thursday threw his weight behind senior BJP leader and party’s Amritsar nominee Arun Jaitley who is pitted in a tough fight against his Congress rival Captain Amarinder Singh.
Hitting back at his BJP rival Arun Jaitley for blaming him for the imposition of property tax in Punjab, Cong ress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that the former should have checked his facts about the matter “before putting his foot in the mouth”.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi may not have come to Punjab for the election campaign yet, but with technology at its best, he made a virtual appearance on a stage in the city and addressed a rally through the state-of-the-art 3D hologram.
As they clash for the prestigious Amritsar seat, stalwarts Arun Jaitley of the BJP and Capt Amarinder Singh of the Congress are trying to shed the “outsider” tag not just on the battleground but also through a raging virtual war. With Amritsar boasting of nearly 4.4 lakh active Facebook users, the cyber teams of both the leaders are vying for more likes and comments on the social networking site to beat the poll rival in the cyber war.
Surrounded by fields of wheat ready to be harvested, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patriarch and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal at a well-attended rally in rural Anjala on Wednesday asked farmers to vote for the BJP’s Amritsar candidate, Arun Jaitley, as it was a question of Badal’s personal prestige. “We may get our heads cut, but we stand by friends,” Badal, 86, thundered.
Terming unemployment as a root cause of drug addiction, BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley promised to upgrade the Sree Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport here to its "full capacity as it will provide immense employment opportunities in the area and help eradicate the menace of drug addiction".
Former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday stressed the need for taking up confidence-building measures with Pakistan for making Amritsar an important trade centre, not only for the neighbouring country but for the entire Central and West Asia.
Congress candidate Amarinder Singh today said there was need for confidence building measures with Pakistan for Amritsar to become a trade hub and it will open India's trade route not only to the neighbouring country but Central and West Asia.
With the campaign heating up, Bollywood seems to be making inroads to the Holy City, as on Thursday famous Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi reached Amritsar for a road show in support of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley.
Foiling a bid to smuggle drugs across the Indo-Pakistani border, Border Security Force personnel shot dead a Pakistani intruder near the Rajatal border outpost on Wednesday and recovered eight kg heroin, valued at about Rs. 40 crore in the international market, that he was trying to smuggle into the Indian territory.