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Selja is a big Dalit leader, says Ambala Congress candidate

Though it was a press conference called to announce the candidature of Congress leader Raj Kumar Valmiki from Ambala (reserved) Lok Sabha constituency, but it came out sort of battle for him as he was short of answers on host of issues including that on Kumari Selja.

punjab Updated: Mar 25, 2014 22:44 IST
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Though it was a press conference called to announce the candidature of Congress leader Raj Kumar Valmiki from Ambala (reserved) Lok Sabha constituency, but it came out sort of battle for him as he was short of answers on host of issues including that on Kumari Selja. He felt so much hassled over volley of questions from reporters on development in Ambala constituency that he remarked, “Ek baat ko mat khichon, Meri taraf bhi dekh lo (Do not stretch the issue, look at me too).”


Flanked by Panchkula MLA DK Bansal on right side and runner up of last assembly election in Kalka Satvinder Rana on the left, Valmiki clarified that he was not from any particular group in the Congress. Senior deputy mayor of Panchkula SS Nanda and husband of mayor Dhaninder Walia were also present. All the loyalists of Kumari Selja from Panchkula were absent during the press conference.

On Selja leaving the field and choosing upper house route to reach Parliament, he replied it was high command’s decision. “She is needed all over India. She is a big Dalit leader,” he replied.

He was evading questions on Selja’s development work. When asked again and again about the lack of development in the constituency under Selja in the last 10 years despite having Congress governments at the Centre and state, he got agitated and said, “Leave Selja issue, please ask something else.”

Valmiki was Congress candidate in 1998 Lok Sabha elections from the Ambala and came third. That time, Aman Kumar Nagra of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had won the seat while Suraj Bhan of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was runner up. In 2014, he is facing BJP’s Ratan Lal Kataria, BSP’s Kapur Singh and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s SP Singh.

Claiming before reporters that he has the blessings of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and state party president Ashok Tanwar, Valmiki said that he would make Ambala as prosperous as Rohtak. But after that he could not answer satisfactorily on bias in development works in Haryana. “Some regions do progress more,” he said.