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MPs, MLAs pull out all stops

With block samiti and zila parishad elections round the corner, braving the scorching heat political leaders - from members of Parliament to MLAs - have landed in their respective constituencies in Sangrur district to support respective candidates.

punjab Updated: May 16, 2013 00:15 IST
Navrajdeep Singh

With block samiti and zila parishad elections round the corner, braving the scorching heat political leaders - from members of Parliament to MLAs - have landed in their respective constituencies in Sangrur district to support respective candidates.


The elections are scheduled to be held on May 19.
With Wednesday being last day of canvassing, the efforts to woo voters gained momentum as all senior political leaders camped in their constituencies to seek votes for respective candidates by holding several public rallies in each block samiti and zila praishad zone.

However, workers of different parties could be seen carrying out the door-to-door campaign to woo voters.

Leaving aside the comfort and the air-conditioned culture, senior leaders of the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal could be witnessed spending one-two hours in villages, especially during forenoon. The village 'saths' (common place where people usually gather during the daytime) and banyan trees in the middle of villages were places where leaders traded charges against each other in an effort to woo voters.

As per the usual trend, leaders tried to cover most of the zones before 11am and after 5pm as temperature rose considerably in afternoon.

In view of the Lok Sabha elections due next year, MPs of both parties, including Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Congress MP Vijay Inder Singla, were making rounds of 181 zones for block samiti and 21 zila parishad in all seven constituencies in Sangrur district to interact with electors.

Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, an MLA from Lehragaga, who missed early days of canvassing in her constituency, extensively held public and group meetings in Lehragaga and Moonak from Monday onwards.

However, finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, who had been given the charge of supervising elections in Barnala district, made several rounds of his constituency, Sunam, in Sangrur district.

SAD general secretary Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa claimed clean sweep in the elections and said these elections would bring poor fate for the Congress and its leaders. “The Congress will find their stature and rapport in the rural areas after the results are announced as the SAD-BJP alliance was making all efforts to win all seats in Sangrur district.”

On the other hand, Congress MLA from Dhuri Arvind Khanna challenged the Akali-BJP government in the state to hold free and fair elections. “Let the people vote freely and independently without any threat, intimidation or arm-twisting. They have resorted to all the foul practices of misusing the official machinery and threatening Congress workers, opposition candidates and supporters with dire consequences to ensure win at the end of the day,” he said.