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Capt defends aggressive style of campaigning

punjab Updated: Apr 17, 2014 10:09 IST
Harkirat Singh
Harkirat Singh
Hindustan Times

Defending his ‘chak de’ style of campaigning, Congress candidate from Amritsar, Capt Amarinder Singh, on Wednesday said that his aggression has always paid off and in the past, it even helped in saving around 55 villages of Punjab from falling into the Haryana territory.

“Had I not used this aggression, harsh tone and threatening postures, around 55 villages of the Malwa belt could well have been a part of Haryana,” he said while recalling an old episode during an interaction with a group of industrialists here on Tuesday night.

A speaker had earlier asked him as to why he adopts a harsh tone towards his opponents during electioneering.

Amarinder said that in 1986 he was state agriculture minister and was deputed by the then chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala to go to Kandu Khera, a small village which shares its border with Haryana and Rajasthan, to ensure that a special census then being conducted by the Centre went in favour of Punjab.

The census was got conducted after Haryana had laid claim to 55 villages of the Malwa belt on the ground that these were Hindi speaking areas and should be transferred to it.

Kandu Khera was representative village. Amarinder recalled that his aggressive posture there ensured that everyone in the village got Punjabi listed as their mother tongue in the census.