Call it a Don Quixote move or the US way of campaigning, but independent candidate Simarjeet Singh Bains managed to paint the sky red on Saturday, as a glider flew through t he Ludhiana sky with a banner carrying the message, “Vote for Simarjeet Singh Bains”.
District election of ficer Rajat Agarwal said Bains had taken per mission to fly the glider carrying the message and had shown Rs 50,000 as the expenditure for the same. “However, we will verify the expenditure shown,” the DEO added.
As the glider flew through the city skies, people climbed up their roof tops to get a clear view of the name of the candidate. “I have witnessed such campaigning in US as the politicians do like to indulge themselves in paraphernalia and this is considered to be a sober manner of registering their presence,” said Harminder Singh, a city resident.
A senior disgruntled Akali leader could not refrain from taking a jibe at the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) camp, saying, “If not anything else, this aerial show will definitely give sleepless nights to the SAD candidate, which I think will give immense satisfaction to Bains.”
It is not just through statements that SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali and Bains are trying to outsmart each other, but this race is evident in various other spheres.
Right from the poster war to t he social media, both camps do not waste a minute to retaliate. If the supporters of Bains put up posters in Dakha constituency, Ayali camp is prompt to cover the walls of Ludhiana South and Atam Nagar constituencies of Bains and his brother, Balwinder Singh Bains, with posters /banners, irrespective of the violation of the model code of conduct.
Another interesting episode being the coming up of a big hoarding of Ayali, facing south, at the flyover on Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Inter-state Bus Ter minus, which was reciprocated to by the supporters of Bains by putting up an equally big hoarding, facing north.
Not to miss, another huge poster of Bains, which was ripped off allegedly from a building near Gill Road flyover by Ayali’s men on Gill Road flyover, which Bains’ men replaced with another huge poster carrying his picture with a lion that read, “Lion of Punjab”.