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Saffron veterans spin magic

Poll-bound Navjot Singh Sidhu rode and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief rode on a war-worn shoulder on Sunday, report Kuldeep Singh Mann and Umesh Dewari.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007 02:02 IST
Kuldeep Singh Mann and Umesh Dewari
Kuldeep Singh Mann and Umesh Dewari

Poll-bound Navjot Singh Sidhu rode and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief rode on a war-worn shoulder on Sunday. Former deputy prime minister and leader of the Opposition LK Advani campaigned for the former cricketer-turned politician, charged in a road rage case, urging the electorate to judge him on the basis of his Parliament score card and the “morality” he upheld in resigning soon after being indicted by the court.

Advani also projected Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Prakash Singh Badal as the next chief minister of Punjab.

“I know a number of leaders, who stick to their chairs despite adverse court judgment and cases of heinous crimes pending against them. But Sidhu epitomises high moral values. And I hope you will return him to Parliament with a record margin,”

Addressing a rally in Amritsar, Advani termed Badal a messiah of Hindu-Sikh unity and crusader for the causes of farmers. He appealed to the electorate to ensure massive victories for party candidates Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Rajindermohan Singh Chhina and Anil Joshi, contesting Assembly poll from Amritsar. BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said the time had come to oust the Capt. Amarinder Singh government, which preferred vendetta over pro-people policies.

Modi raises storm

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at the Congress for its failure to protect the interests of the farmers. Addressing an election rally in Ludhiana East constituency, Modi said farmers were committing suicide in all those states, where the Congress was in power.

His 15 minutes speech focused on the non-performance of the Congress government in Punjab. “During the NDA rule, wheat godowns were packed to capacity but since UPA took over, the granaries are empty.”

Taking a dig at Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Modi said, “Raja aur raja banta raha. Punjab ki janta aur garib ho gayee (While CM became richer, Punjab became poorer).”


First Published: Feb 05, 2007 02:02 IST