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punjab Updated: Apr 25, 2014 15:30 IST
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SAD candidate accused Joginder Singh. “The Congress candidate is not much educated and would not be able to raise the local issues in Parliament as he is not even matriculate.”

Joginder Singh accused Gulshan, “The SAD has destroyed the youth by promoting drugs and Faridkot MP has not visited her constituency after winning the last elections.”

The Class-7 pass-out but politically sharp Panjgrain’s first major political victim was SAD veteran and former cabinet minister Gurdev Singh, who has been in political oblivion following two back-to-back defeats in 2007 and 2012 assembly elections at the hands of Panjgrain. Rapport with the electorate and the penchant for keeping himself plugged with the constituents are the major strengths of the Congress nominee. That’s among the many reasons behind the Congress’ upbeat mood and the offensive to wrest this seat back.

But the ruling SAD is battling internal dissensions, while soft-spoken Gulshan is struggling to shake off her ‘inaccessible and absentee’ tag. During her canvassing trips, she has been facing moments awkward enough to dampen the spirits of SAD cadre.

In Dina Sahib and Rau-keKalan of Nihal Singh Wala segment, voters bluntly told the MP that they were letting her step in only because Akali MLA Tota Singh was accompanying her.

“The only grouse of people against me is that I did not come frequently to meet them,” Gulshan admitted while speaking to Hindustan Times. “People expect a lot from their MP, who cannot attend every bhog or function in every village. An MP cannot do that."