Patriotic songs that remain confined to television and silver screen were played non-stop during the road show organised in favour of independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains in the old city on Thursday.
Roads outside the railway station reverberated with songs like “Ai watan ai watan humko teri kasam” and “Vande matram…” as a huge crowd marched on foot carrying placards with pictures of Simarjit on them.
Simarjit, along with his brother MLA Balwinder Singh Bains, close family members and friends rode an open vehicle as it passed by shops.
Shopkeepers and small traders at several intervals had decorated the area with buntings and flowers to welcome Simarjit. He was garlanded and honoured with siropas by various market associations.
A large number of boys could be seen sporting stickers of Simarjit on the front and back of their shirts. Some had even made garlands of the stickers and were wearing them throughout the road show.
It is pertinent to mention that in the past couple of weeks, the independent candidate’s supporters had given complaints to the municipal corporation commissioner and election commission over the biased attitude of the officials.
Simarjit had alleged, “Nobody is touching the banners and posters of SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, whereas our banners and posters are being torn off on the pretext of defacement, which is unfair.”
In response, a group of labourers led by Shabeer said no one could remove the stickers and slogans from their clothes as it was their choice.
As the road show entered Chaura Bazaar, there was a buzz among Simarjit’s supporters about him having won the first battle against Ayali with police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill being transferred out of Ludhiana. Gill was one of the few officials transferred by the election commission two days ago.