Bedi bats for Capt, bowls no googly against Jaitley

  • HT Correspondent, None, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2014 21:28 IST

After Gautam Gambhir's batting for Amritsar BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, former Indian skipper and left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi came here on Friday to play for Congress nominee Captain Amarinder Singh.

However, contrary to expectations among media persons, Bedi refrained from bowling against Jaitley, who is also former president of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA).

Rather, the former spinner surprisingly did not utter any word of criticism against Jaitley.

Bedi declared that Amarinder is his captain and said that he had come here to bat for the Congress candidate.

"I am not a political man but I do follow politics. I have come here to bat for Amarinder", he declared with the former 'Maharaja of Patiala' seated by his side.

Asked as to why did he choose to lend his support to the Congress candidate, Bedi was quick to answer, "Amarinder is the trusted son of the soil of Punjab. There is no one better than him to represent Punjab and the holy city in Parliament, he added.

Without even mentioning Jaitley's name, the former skipper said, "I do not know the way the pitch behaves. But anyway I have decided to bat first for Amarinder".

Claiming that growth and development have come to a standstill in Amritsar, Bedi said that there was no one better than the former chief minister who could represent the city in Lok Sabha.

Accompanied by Akash Lal, Rakesh Handa and Ashok Arora, all former DDCA officials or members, Bedi refused comment anything regarding his differences with Jaitley and the functioning of the DDCA.

However, Arora lashed out at Jaitley, whom he described as arrogant. Though he carried some documents allegedly against Jaitley with regard to DDCA affairs but he failed to put his point across to the media persons well.

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