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Cong all geared up to take on Jaitley

The entry of former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh into the electoral battlefield from Amritsar has come as a shot in the arm for the Congress and lifted the morale of its workers who were divided into various factions.

punjab Updated: Mar 23, 2014 10:28 IST
Harkirat Singh

The entry of former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh into the electoral battlefield from Amritsar has come as a shot in the arm for the Congress and lifted the morale of its workers who were divided into various factions.


Celebrations continued for the second consecutive day in the holy city as Congressmen distributed sweets and burst crackers to welcome the announcement of Amarinder as the party candidate from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency.

Due to infighting and factionalism, prevailing in the party since its defeat in 2012 assembly polls, the morale of the Congress workers had touched an all-time low and they were wondering whether the party will be able to find a formidable candidate to challenge the high profile BJP candidate, Arun Jaitley, whom the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP para-dropped from New Delhi after discarding the sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.

All through the day on Saturday, leaders of the Amritsar rural and urban units of the District Congress Committees (DCCs) held a series of informal meetings with the workers to draw out an initial plan for the Lok Sabha election campaign.

The DCCs began updating the lists of supporters in the constituency’s villages as well as in the ‘mohallas’ and localities of the city.

“We have sent out messages to our workers in villages to gear up for the elections. The rural wing will meet in a day or two,” said DCC (rural) chief Gurjit Aujala.