Punjab polls: High-profile political battle of Sidhu, Majithia in Amritsar

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It’s extra than a political battle in Amritsar (East) that will witness a intense verbal duel for survival in this Punjab Assembly election.

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Accusing Congress point out President Navjot Singh Sidhu of falsely implicating him in medicines connected instances, his the moment buddy and now archrival Bikram Singh Majithia, the heavyweight previous cupboard minister of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Unhappy), has challenged him in his bastion just after leaving his household turf Majitha for his wife Ganieve Grewal.&#13
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With Punjab heading to the polls on Sunday and outcomes slated to be out on March 10, the winner will choose it all with the loser standing little.

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After Sidhu, 58, dared Majithia, 46, to contest from Amritsar (East), Unfortunate President Sukhbir Badal declared to discipline Majithia from there “to dismantle his conceitedness”.

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Sidhu campaigned aggressively for the booking Majithia in prescription drugs situation past December. Later on, the Supreme Court docket gave Majithia defense from arrest till February 23 though observing that legal situations are all of a sudden rising out in the run-up to the Assembly elections.

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Looking at a Congress stronghold, Amritsar (East), the seat that came into currently being soon after 2012 delimitation, has backed Sidhu and his namesake spouse considering the fact that then for twice.

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In 2017, the cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu not only defeated his closest rival Rajesh Honey of the BJP with a large margin of more than 42,000 votes but also played a job of a activity-changer for the social gathering by winning 10 out of the 11 seats in Amritsar district, when the citadel of the Unhappy-BJP merge.

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Majithia, the brother-in-law of Sukhbir Badal, has received the Majitha seat thrice — 2007, 2012 and 2017, although Sidhu is the sitting down Amritsar (East) legislator.

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Believing that the political existence of Sidhu is coming to an conclusion, Badal advised IANS that Sidhu’s conceitedness will be his undoing.

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“We are identified to crack Sidhu’s vanity and train him to adore and regard his constituents. We thought it was our responsibility to have interaction him and give the persons an selection for advancement of their constituency. The Sidhu pair has ignored Amritsar East for the final 18 several years. It is one of the most undeveloped constituencies in the state,” Badal instructed IANS in an interview.

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“Now the individuals have been presented a likelihood to vote for the betterment of their constituency. You have previously witnessed the love and passion Bikram Majithia is obtaining in the constituency. This alone is an sign which way the wind is blowing,” the Ferozepur Lok Sabha member added.

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Majithia has been booked by the point out police beneath the related sections of the Narcotic Prescription drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for his alleged involvement in a drug racket.

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When Sidhu, who is meant to travel across the state remaining the social gathering main but concentrating on his bastion owing to a large-profile battle, is banking on his self-progressed ‘Punjab Model’ to keep the seat, his bAate noire Majithia is trying to woo voters by quoting his achievements in Majitha house turf, represented by him thrice.

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Whilst listing out their progress operates, the Sidhu pair has been chastising Majithia for fees of medications and backing drug cartels.

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His ‘Punjab Model’ is centered on govt-managed generation and sale of liquor and mining of sand that will help fill vacant coffers and deliver work.

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“Sidhu is talking about his Punjab Model. You stop by his constituency and then go to my Majitha phase. You will undoubtedly experience the floor realities in the two seats. These are political buzzwords of Majithia to exhort men and women to vote for him to gain the election.

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“The struggle for Amritsar (East) is a fight for the honour and regard of the folks of this constituency. It is also a fight for improvement of this constituency. Let us choose this golden option by growing over caste and communal strains and assistance the Sad to improve the fortunes of this constituency,” Majithia claimed in an enchantment on Friday, the working day the campaigning culminated.

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Professing Amritsar (East) is a person of the most neglected and backward constituencies in the point out, Majithia said all roads in the constituency would be repaired and re-laid and sidewalks would be constructed.

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Caught concerning two heavyweights, greenhorns Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Jeevan Jyot Kaur and the BJP’s Jagmohan Singh Raju, a former Tamil Nadu-cadre bureaucrat, are generating their existence felt in the battlefield by stating the common events have dissatisfied and dismayed people even just after recurring prospects.

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Majithia was the eye of storm when he was summoned by Enforcement Directorate in 2014 for investigating the funds laundering website link in the Rs 6,000 crore global synthetic medicine racket busted by the Punjab Law enforcement in 2013.

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He is also going through allegations of acquiring links with specified NRIs who have been accused of global funds laundering linked to the significant drugs racket.

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Majithia, who is educated at the Lawrence College in Sanawar in Himachal Pradesh, retained the Majithia seat in 2017 with a margin of 22,884 votes, reduce than a margin of 47,581 he experienced received in 2012.

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Sidhu experienced earlier remained MP from Amritsar when he was aspect of the BJP. He was elected MP in 2004, 2007 (by-election) and 2009.

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He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Narendra Modi authorities in April 2016. He joined the Congress party just times in advance of the Assembly elections in February 2017.

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In 2017 polls, the Congress experienced gained an complete bulk by successful 77 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly and ousted the Unfortunate-BJP government after 10 several years.

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(Vishal Gulati can be contacted at [email protected])

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–IANS

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