Fate of candidates to be decided today; candidates of all major parties hoping to win

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 15, 2014 22:35 IST

After over two months of electioneering process, the fate of the candidates contesting from this parliamentary seat will be decided on Friday with counting of votes polled on April 30 to start from 8m onwards.

There will be some anxious moments for the contestants who had left no stone unturned to seek votes.

The counting process is going to start from 8am onwards in four centres set up by the district administration at different places.

The candidates of all three major parties are hopeful of winning the election on the basis of their self- assessments done after analysing the voting trend on April 30.

Congress candidate and three-time member parliament from Patiala Preneet Kaur is trying to hold on for the fourth time. First-timer SAD-BJP candidate Deepinder Dhillon on is banking upon the development agenda of the state government.

Surprising everyone with the response the Aam Aadmi Party received during campaigning, AAP candidate Dr Dharamvira Gandhi exhorted people to vote for him for the sake of better Punjab, free from any type of mafia or nepotism.

Meanwhile, Dhillon, who was out of this constituency for some days after polling, has returned here on Thursday to oversee counting process.

Likewise, after attending formal dinner hosted in honour of prime minister Manmohan Singh, Preneet Kaur held meeting with counting agents.

"It is not a hypothetical situation for me. I am quite hopeful that people will elect me for the fourth time," said Preneet.
All eyes will be on New Moti Bagh Palace as besides Preneet, her husband and former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh is also in the fray from the Amritsar constituency.

"Irrespective of the results, I will stay with my supporters for whole day, overseeing counting process," she added.

Hopeful of winning after he lost in the 2012 state assembly elections from Dera Bassi, Dhillon said from the response they got during campaigning, their contingent was quite confident of results in their favour.

"We are looking good in post-election analysis and are hopeful to prove ourself this time," Dhillon said.

On the other hand, worrying about the high-handedness on the part of ruling SAD-BJP party after the results, AAP candidate Dr Gandhi said an advisory has been issued to AAP supporters to keep their cool and not to react despite provocation from the opponents.

"It is going to be cleared as whether we managed to turn impressive response into votes or not. We will neither be overexcited in case of win nor depressed if we lose as the struggle which AAP has launched in the state is not limited to election results only," Dr Gandhi said.

Security beefed up

The district administration has made all arrangements for the counting process.

As many as four counting centres have been set up at the physical education college, the polo ground, the government polytechnic college and the mini secretariat at Rajpura.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti has ordered a ban on holding of any kind of protest, meeting, rally.

Security has been beefed up and heavy security arrangements have been made at all counting stations.

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