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Amarinder to reach Amritsar on March 28

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, March 24, 2014
First Published: 22:23 IST(24/3/2014) | Last Updated: 22:28 IST(24/3/2014)

Former chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency Captain  Amarinder Singh will reach the holy city on March 28.

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He will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple and also pay homage to the martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh on the same day.

Meanwhile, senior party leaders had a meeting with the former chief minister at Chandigarh on Monday and resolved to work for his victory from Amritsar by a "record margin".

As per the tentative programme, Amarinder will be given a warm welcome on the city outskirts by the party leaders and workers.

Thereafter, he will visit the Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple. The party will also organise a road show to mark the arrival of their candidate to the holy city, to kick off his campaign.

A majority of the leaders who attended the meeting at Chandigarh on Monday were from the Amritsar parliamentary constituency.

Significantly, Amritsar Central MLA, OP Soni and Rajasansi MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria were also present in the meeting.

HT had on Sunday reported that Sarkaria who had been unhappy with the party for quite some time, had already met Amarinder and was set to campaign for the former CM who had shaped his political career. Sarkaria was issued a show-cause notice by the party high command in October last year for his tirade against Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa.

Sarkaria had not taken part in any political activity of the PPCC since he was issued the notice. Now that Amarinder is back in the thick of the poll battle, Sarkaria will be one of his main campaigners in the constituency.

The presence of Soni alongside Sarkaria is also considered significant for the Congress before it takes the final plunge into the poll campaign from Amritsar. Soni, in fact, was the top contender for the Congress ticket from Amritsar until the party decided to field Amarinder to take on the BJP's high profile candidate, Arun Jaitley.

Other leaders who attended the meeting included Dr Raj Kumar Verka, Prof Darbari Lal, Harjinder Thekedar, Navdeep Goldy, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Harpartap Singh Ajnala, Dinesh Bassi, Vikas Soni, Rajeev Bhagat, Gurjeet Aujla, Lally Majithia, Surinder Singh Kathunangal, Shalinderjit Singh Shelly, Sardul Singh, Ranjit Singh Chhajjalwadi, Tarsem Singh DC, Sunil Dutti, Joginderpal Dhingra, Karamjit Singh Rintu, Ashwani Kumar, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Major Rajbir Singh Lucky, Mamata Dutta and Ms Ratna.

All these leaders resolved to work together to ensure the victory of  Amarinder. They said the Congress victory in Amritsar will mark the beginning of the end for the corrupt Akali-BJP rule in the state.

The party leaders from Amritsar also thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for giving them the "privilege to elect a leader like Amarinder" from the holy city.

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