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HindustanTimes Fri,28 Nov 2014

Raninder to help Majithia hit rifle association target

Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, August 31, 2014
First Published: 08:34 IST(31/8/2014) | Last Updated: 08:36 IST(31/8/2014)

Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia are each other’s favourite target but the former’s son will now advise the latter in matters of shooting.

Extending an olive branch to the royal family of Patiala, the minister has inducted Amarinder’s heir, Raninder Singh, into the Punjab Rifle Shooting Association (PRSA) advisory board. National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh will guide the body whose president is Majithia on how to develop the sport in Punjab.

Majithia made the announcement on Friday evening during the 49th Punjab State Shooting Championship on the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) grounds here. “I know many people would draw a different meaning of the NRAI chief’s coming into the PRSA advisory body; but leaving aside our political rivalry, we have decided to work together for the game,” said the minister. A year ago, Raninder and Majithia had met the Moti Bagh range in Patiala during a championship.

The Patiala royal family and the Majithias have remained close in the past but after the minister built his clout in Akali politics, Congress leader Amarinder turned his critic and the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) president also never missed any opportunity to hit back.

Besides Raninder Singh, champion shooters such as Abhhinav Bindra, Ranjan Sodhi, Avneet Sidhu, and Mukesh Kumar are on the 10-member advisory committee.

The PRSA has gathered`5 crore from different sources to build infrastructure and the advisory committee will recommendation how and where to spend the money.  The revenue minister said all members, including Raninder Singh, had agreed to help.

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