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Differences sink, Khanna sets sail

A divided local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit looked united on Thursday launching the election campaign of film actor Vinod Khanna for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. At the religious event that former legislator Jagdish Sahni had organised to start the show.

punjab Updated: Apr 04, 2014 11:57 IST
HT Correspondent

A divided local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit looked united on Thursday launching the election campaign of film actor Vinod Khanna for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat.


At the religious event that former legislator Jagdish Sahni had organised to start the show, factionalism took a backseat. Orders had come from the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) state leadership to sink differences and work collectively for the party candidate. As an impact, all office-bearers and former district presidents were on the same stage.

Seeking votes for Khanna, Sahni said he had worked in the constituency for 16 years and been instrumental in its overall development. Condemning the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) union government, he alleged that its “anti-farmer policies” had forced many growers all over the country to commit suicide.

“The prices of agricultural inputs have multiplied without corresponding increase in the farmers’ income. The country can reverse the trend by voting out the UPA,” Sahni added. He blamed the Centre for price rise and unemployment as well.

“I’m not a politician but a common man,” said Khanna, adding that he was in politics to serve people and not make money. “A film star can get votes because of his screen popularity only once. Later, you have to work, serve, and win hearts through contribution,” said the BJP candidate in his short address.

‘BATALA BJP DEFEATED KHANNA LAST TIME’

The workers of BJP, whom party candidate Vinod Khanna trusted, were the people who had a hand in his defeat in the last Lok Sabha elections, Shiromani Akali Dal assembly constituency in-charge Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal said here on Thursday. He cautioned the nominee from Gurdaspur, who arrived late to inaugurate his rural election office. The former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator said 15 former councillors and 89 sarpanches had waited for him for four hours, while the BJP workers Khanna trusted had left.