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Amarinder to visit ancestral village in Bathinda tomorrow

Kamaldeep Singh Brar , Hindustan Times   Bathinda, December 17, 2013
First Published: 20:44 IST(17/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:45 IST(17/12/2013)

Former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh will visit his ancestral village, Mehraj, in this district on December 19 to attend a religious function and meet party workers.

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This will be his first meeting with party workers from the village after being divested of the post of the state Congress president in March.

The visit is being perceived as a sort of testing ground for Amarinder and other local leaders and the response he receives will be watched with interest.

Amarinder had visited the politically significant Bhucho-based Dera Rumi Wala on a short notice on October 25, but it was difficult to draw any conclusion on his following then, as it was declared a personal visit.

Congress Malwa zone vice-president Gurpreet Singh Kangar is one of the organisers to host Amarinder. However, it is not clear if all Captain loyalists from the district will be present to greet him.


"Capt Amarinder will be in the village to attend a religious function and will address a meeting of workers," Kangar said.

District Congress president (rural) Narinder Singh Bhulleria will also be present to greet Amarinder.
However, Harmander Singh Jassi, former minister and an aspirant for the Congress Lok Sabha ticket from Bathinda, claimed ignorance about the visit.

"I am not aware of the visit. I will check if this is a personal visit. If workers have been invited, I will try to be present. Right now, I am in Chandigarh," said Jassi, who recently hosted a rally by state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa.

Recently, Bajwa has increased the frequency of his visits to Bathinda, considered to be the political centre of Malwa.

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