SAD contested 10 seats in Punjab, while the BJP fought on 3. But BJP workers point out that Akali Dal rode the “Modi Factor” to win in several urban Assembly segments that it had not won in the past few decades, and also in few others, the alliance drastically reduced Congress lead compared to 2017 state polls.
On Thursday, Amarinder Singh had said, “If the Congress is wiped out in Punjab, what do you think I will do? Obviously, I will accept the responsibility and resign.” Lashing out at Amarinder over poll promises, Sukhbir accused the Congress-led government of “stalling” all development work and welfare schemes.
As per the Election Commission guidelines issued in March this year, a party cannot release its election manifesto during the restriction period that is 48 hours before the polls. The canvassing for the polls to the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab concluded Friday.
The four are Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab Congress president Sunil Kumar Jakhar, Aam Aadmi Party’s state president Bhagwant Singh Mann and Lok Insaf Party’s president Simarjit Singh Bains.
While Taksali chief Ranjit Singh Brahmpura said was party decision based on demand of the people, General J J Singh (retd) told The Indian Express that it was his call not to contest from Khadoor Sahib.
Ranike had contested Vidhan Sabha elections five times (1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017) from Attari constituency in Amritsar. He won four times except in 2017. He was made a Cabinet minister in the SAD government in 2007 and in 2012 as well.
The 16-page booklet in Gurmukhi, titled “Gutka Sahib di sohun chukan wali Congress sarkaar da haal Punjab behaal”, which also reads on its cover “Shiromani Akali Dal - Bhajpa liyao” is being distributed in the party rallies being addressed by SAD president Sukhbir Badal beginning April 1.