Adopting a combative tone during the campaign, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday targeted Congress candidate Preneet Kaur by branding her a 'non-performer'.
Nearly half a dozen senior leaders, including Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra, state finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, and higher education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, NK Sharma, Patiala MLAs, attacked Preneet Kaur for her performance as a member of Parliament (MP) from Patiala.
Leading the tirade, youth Akali Dal treasurer MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and Harpal Juneja, son of Akali Dal candidate Bhagwan Dass Juneja, urged the residents to identify the 'best candidate' on the basis of performance and cast their vote for the candidate who had contributed to the development of the city.
Harpal said his father's campaign had gained momentum due to the pro-poor policies of the SAD-BJP government. He said Bhagwan Dass Juneja had served the society for the last two decades without any vested interests whereas the Congress candidate Preneet Kaur had done nothing for the city and its residents. He said she was elected thrice by the people to initiate development projects. However, she had completely ignored the people after the results had been declared.
Congress, AAP workers join SAD
Leaders from the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress on Sunday switched their loyalties to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Former Congress general secretary Gian Chand Channo, along with supporters Rajesh Kumar, Harjinder Kumar Neeta, Ramesh Kumar, Vivek Garg, Keshave Arora, announced joining the SAD. AAP district youth secretary Vishal Preet Garg also announced his decision to quit the party and later joined the SAD.