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Jaitley formally moves into his Amritsar house

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, April 15, 2014
First Published: 21:15 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:19 IST(15/4/2014)

Amritsar BJP candidate and senior party leader Arun Jaitley formally moved into the new house, which he bought in the city recently, following a 'grih pravesh' ceremony on Tuesday.

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Jaitley, who is contesting his maiden Lok Sabha election, had promised his electorate that he will set up his residential base here.  He had bought a house in the posh Green Avenue area of the city a few days ago.

Jaitley's  new address--343, Green Avenue--witnessed a lot of buzz this morning with his relatives, friends, politicians and even famous musician Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma visiting the place. 

During the 'grih pravesh' ceremony, a recitation of Sukhmani Sahib was performed and also a 'havan' was organised at the new house.

Although Jaitley will not be immediately shifting his base to the place but he confirmed that the house will be operational and he will be using this house each day for some span of time.

Jaitley and his family are currently residing at a house near Lawrence Road.

Visibly happy after the ceremony,  Jaitley, who was accompanied by his wife Sangeeta Jaitley, said, "It feels great to have a house in Amritsar. I had promised the people that I will set up my residential base here and I have done that. This is my own city and it is always good to have a house at a place where one has roots".

When his attention was drawn to the fact that his rival and Congress candidate Captain Amarinder Singh has complained to the Election Commission regarding his new house, Jaitley said, "Captain Amarinder talks of 'meaningless' things and I don't feel that such things even deserve an answer from me".

Amarinder had recently lodged a complaint to the EC in this regard and demanded that the cost of the house be included in Jaitley's poll expenses.

Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma, national vice-president Laxmi Kanta Chawla, cabinet minister Anil Joshi and senior Akali leader and MP Nraesh Gujral were also present during the ceremony at Jaitley's house.

PT SHIV KUMAR SHARMA MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE
Noted musician and Santoor player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma came here specially to participate in the 'grih pravesh' ceremony  of Jaitley's new house.

"I am a musician and not a politician but I have come all the way to participate in the function and also support Jaitley", he said.

He further said, "I just want to say that whatever the condition of the nation today is, we all are responsible. So for bringing change, we need to vote and vote in big number".

Asked if he will campaign for Jaitley, Sharma said, "I am here today to support him and his party. I may not be able to come later for the campaign."

The Padmashree musician said that Jaitley will have a "top role in the government" and urged the people of Amritsar to support him.

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