Leaving party’s Sangrur Lok Sabha candidate Vijay Inder Singla alone in the poll heat, Congress legislator from Bhadaur Mohammad Sadique is busy singing at weddings.
Absent on Friday when Singla filed his nomination papers, the folk-artiste-turnedpolitician was on Saturday entertaining a marriage party at Shambhu in Patiala district. “Roti da vi jugad karna hunda… bin gayan nahi sarda (one has to earn his bread as well… can’t do without singing),” he told HT.
The legislator said he was in politics for social service but singing was his profession and his only source of livelihood. In last assembly elections, he had trounced the heavyweight Darbara Singh Guru, former principal secretary to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Sadique said he was aware that was election time but most of his functions were booked six months in advance. “I can’t spoil their party at the eleventh hour,” he said. Explaining his absence during Singla’s filing of nomination, Sadique said: “I was in Amritsar to wish good luck to Captain Amarinder Singh, whose candidature has tilted the scales in favour of the Congress in Punjab. What I am in politics is because of him, so it was my moral duty to be by his side when he was filing his nomination.”
He denied that he had any differences with Singla. “For a few more days, I’ll fulfil my singing commitments and be available for campaign from April 12,” he said, adding that he would prove his worth in the Bhadaur assembly segments by ensuring a lead for Singla.
All three legislators in Barnala district belong to the Congress and none was with Singla when he filed his nomination on Friday. In spite of many attempts to reach him, the Congress candidate remained incommunicado.