Home’s where the voters are

Punjab politicians are now returning to their constituencies for the results to be declared on Tuesday.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana | Published: March 4, 2012 1:04 am

More than a month after their fates were sealed and already having taken time off after the polling on January 30,Punjab politicians,some of whom had even taken a break abroad,are now returning to their constituencies,eagerly waiting for the results to be declared on Tuesday.

For 84-year-old SAD president and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,the past few days have been hectic as the veteran Akali leader has been meeting people in Lambi constituency,from where he is seeking re-election.

On Saturday,the Badals – including the CM’s son and Deputy CM,Sukhbir Singh Badal,and wife and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur – spent time together and an ‘akhand paath’ was held at Lambi.

Yesterday,the CM had paid obeisance at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district.

“The mood is upbeat in the Badal camp. The CM has been telling people that SAD-BJP will return to power,” an aide of Badal said,adding that the CM will be in his constituency on the day results are announced.

Former principal secretary to CM,Darbara Singh Guru,who is testing political waters from Bhaduar,is set to return his village Khuddi Khurd. “Now we need to gear up the teams once again for the counting day,” he said.

Liquor baron and Akali candidate from Faridkot,Deep Malhotra,has put his business on the back-burner and is headed for the dusty town. “I made this town my headquarters some two months before the elections. And now I am back because we need to put the team in place. I need the record of each EVM and am ensuring that my men are trained to do that,” Malhotra said.

Jathedar Tota Singh,the Akali candidate from Dharamkot,and his son Barjinder Singh Brar,too are now headed for Dharamkot.

Similar is the story in the Congress camp. State party chief Amarinder Singh,who is also the Congress’ chief ministerial candidate,is back from Uttar Pradesh where he had been campaigning for party candidates.

“He has been in Chandigarh for the past few days. A lot of people have been meeting him. He has been planning strategies as Congress is confident to wrest power from the Akalis,” his close aide said.

Asked if he had visited any religious shrine during the past few days,the aide said,“As a matter of routine he has been to gurdwaras but not for anything special.”

However,sitting Congress MLA from Moga,Joginderpal Jain,is confidence personified. “I was here before the polls and will be here no matter what the results are,” he said.

On the other hand,Chief Minister’s estranged nephew and head of People’s Party of Punjab,Manpreet Singh Badal,was in Delhi on Saturday for a follow-up check for a tumour,which had been detected in his throat earlier.

“During the past few days Manpreet met his supporters and also toured villages in his Gidderbaha constituency. We are confident that PPP will play a key role in Punjab’s politics and will win a good number of seats,” his aide Arunjyot Sodhi said.

with PTI inputs

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