After a hectic month of campaigning, three of the four prominent candidates whose fate was sealed by the 15.59 lakh voters of Ludhiana parliamentary constituencies on Wednesday, breathed easy on Thursday. However, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) HS Phoolka proceeded t o Patiala t o protest against the alleged attack on party’s Patiala candidate Dr Dharamvira Gandhi.
RAVNEET SINGH BITTU (CONGRESS)
Having found little time to take proper rest in past several weeks, Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu opted to spend time with his family and close friends on Thursday.
Bittu said in the month-long campaigning, he hardly found time to take a break. He used to return home after 1am daily and left the house by 5am for campaigning. But despite feeling restless, he remained on toes as campaigning was important.
However, on Thursday he chose to wake up later than usual and spend time with his family and NRI uncle Dr Sukhjit Singh Sidhu, who was very close to his grandfather late Punjab chief minister Beant Singh.
Dr Sidhu, who had been helping Bittu in campaigning, said despite living in the same house in G-Block of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, he barely met Bittu in the past one month.
Bittu said though Thursday helped him unwind, he could not relax until the result was out. His wife, Anupama, said with both of them being busy in campaigning for the past month, they finally got some
time to have lunch together.
MANPREET SINGH AYALI (SAD-BJP)
The day after polling brought along the opportunity for Bharatiya Janata Par tyShiromani Akali Dal (BJP-SAD) candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali to spend quality time with his family and relatives.
“As polling is over, there is no more scur rying to rallies or election meetings, and thus I was able to spend time with my wife, two sons and other family members,” Ayali said.
Unlike the past few weeks when his day comprised mostly electioneering, his first outing on Thursday was for his elder son, who he himself took to the railway station to see him off for an educational tour.
Ayali said, “With most of my time being devoted to campaigning, I got the opportunity to perfor m fatherly duties on Thursday. My son wanted me to drop him to the station and I found pleasure in doing so.”
Later, he visited his sisters and relatives’ houses. He said all his family and friends played pivotal roles in campaigning for him. “They worked hard for me, but I hardly found time to interact with them during campaigning. Thus, I visited them to convey my regards,” he added.
After 4pm, he reached home and spent time with his younger son. Stating that there would be no more election discussions as his fate was locked in the voting machines, Ayali didn’t forget to add that he was confident of positive results.
SIMARJEET SINGH BAINS (INDEPENDENT)
Independent candidate and MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains’ day started one and a half hour later than routine. Bains said as he was tired and sleepy, he woke up around 7.30am on Thursday, and then stayed home all day.
He added that after taking report of polling from supporters, he thanked everyone who voluntarily worked for him day and night.
He added as the Ludhiana constituency was very big, he used to leave the home early. on Thursday I thanked everyone who voluntarily assisted me.
Simarjeet Bains, independent candidate the morning for campaigning during which he met many people who gave him strength and became his close friends.
Bains said after spending the day with his wife, Surinder Kaur, brother Ajaypreet, 16, and daughter Arsh, 12, he will resume his routine from Friday.
HS PHOOLKA (AAM AADMI PARTY)
While other candidates found the time to unwind after polling got over, there was no respite for AAP’s HS Phoolka, who rushed to Patiala to lend support to Dr Dharamvira Gandhi.
Dr Gandhi, his gunman and driver were allegedly attacked by Shiromani Akali Dal workers on polling day at Rasoolpura Saidan village in Patiala rural assembly constituency.