Considering that AICC general secretary in-charge Priyanka Gandhi recently took Sidhu along to campaign in Punjab in her chopper, it remains to be seen what action the high command takes against Sidhu for his recent remarks.
There were virtually no takers for the voters slips at these booths. A Congress leader in Patiala said, “There was not even a single voter that turned up at several of our booths. These are the reports.”
Addressing a rally in Lambi, Sidhu had on Friday indicated a quid pro quo between the Congress and Akalis. He had also questioned why no FIR was registered against Badals, who he said were guilty of Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege.
Asked what, in his opinion, the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls will be, Kejriwal said: “If they do not tamper with the EVMs, Modi ji should not come back... but I do not know whether they would do it or not.”
Dr Amar Singh, a former principal secretary to ex-Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh, has been fielded by Congress against against SAD’s Darbara Singh Guru, also a former principal secretary to ex-Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
"A party has every type of people. Captain sahib (Chief Minister Amarinder Singh) is working only on our party. Why does he not break the SAD? They are mixed up," says Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.
A few kilometers away, Delhi CM’s convoy saw some traction outside Punjabi University campus, where a few students had come to hear him. While Patiala treated him with indifference, Rajpura was responsive with some turning up to listen to him in city market.
Seeking a fourth Lok Sabha term, Kaur, the wife of Punjab Chief Minister, does not forget to remind those attending her rallies and even the netizens on the social media about her relationship with Patiala, that started on the day she got married to Amarinder Singh.
Addressing 20-30 villages in a day and taking out road shows through them, Mann says, “I have done my bit. An MP gets Rs five crore every year as MPLAD. It is not a big amount. Still I have kept a record of the money. Each paisa is accounted for."
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.
With stakes high in the parliamentary polls, where he has reportedly promised the AICC president Rahul Gandhi of winning all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, Amarimder is back to using his old political lingo. Amarinder said Sukhbir (read Shiromani Akali Dal) will lose and the Congress will win all 13 seats in the Lok Sabha election.
In the remaining four days of poll campaign, Sidhu will be addressing public meetings in Patna Sahib, Bihar on May 14, in Paonta Sahib, Bilaspur and Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh on May 15, and in MP on May 16 and 17.
Discomfiture due to internal party politics marred AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s first rally in Punjab in Fatehgarh Sahib even as Rahul tried to set the Punjab Congress’s house in order from the stage itself.