In an effort to woo voters using nostalgia and to overpower oppositions' campaign refrain that the royal family members were disconnected from the city, Congress candidate and former union minister Preneet Kaur on Tuesday posted a picture from her wedding on her Facebook page.
Captioned 'Moments from 1964, when my association with Patiala started', the picture shows Preneet entering the New Moti Bagh Palace after her wedding to Captain Amarinder Singh, the member of Parlaiament (MP) from Amritsar and former chief minister of Punjab.
With over 10,000 likes and more than 300 comments, the picture has been shared over 350 times. Preneet said the royal family's ties with Patiala dates back 250 years, and had ever since become a part of the family. She also called Patiala residents as part of her family.
She is popularly known as 'Maharani' while her husband Captain Amarinder is known as 'Maharaja' of the erstwhile royal estate of Patiala.
"The idea behind posting the picture was to remind citizens about the noble deeds done by Preneet and the royal family, which has a longstanding association with city while other candidates are new comers," said a campaign manager.
During a meeting with party workers and supporters on Tuesday, Kaur said, "You have seen my work all these years and I leave it to you to give me a chance to represent you in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha now."
Trying to counter Akali Dal's campaign projecting her as a 'non-performer', she said, "Unfortunately, during 10 out of the 15 years of my tenure in the Parliament, Akalis rule the state. This made it difficult to get projects implemented."
"Despite that I tried my best to ensure that Patiala did not lag behind," she said, adding that several projects which were started between 2002 and 2007 were abandoned by the successive Akali government.
Challenging the Akalis to show a single project they had started in Patiala, Kaur said, it was during the Congress government that the Rajiv Gandhi Law University was set up, the Government Rajindra Hospital was upgraded to a super-speciality hospital and Patiala was brought within the ambit of the National Capital Region (NCR) as a 'counter magnet town'.