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Old 06-May-2008
Post Goldy Files Papers, Capt Stays Away


Amritsar May 6:
Young Turk Navdeep Singh Goldy of the Congress, flanked by state party head Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, filed his nomination papers amid a show of strength, while former CM Captain Amarinder Singh and his loyalists stayed away. SAD (B)’s Inderbir Singh Bularia has already filed the papers.
A total of nine candidates have filed nominations for Amritsar (South) assembly constituency. The two out of the total are covering candidates. Bhai Ram Singh of the SAD (Amritsar), headed by Simranjit Singh Mann, Satnam Singh Kanda of the AISAD, headed by Jaswant Singh Mann and three independents, Rajeev Sharma, Sharnjit Singh and Tejinder Singh, are also in the race.
The scrutiny of papers will be done on May 8, said Returning Officer (RO) Vimal Setia. The Congress that had kicked off its campaigning yesterday by holding an election rally today organised a huge show, where Bhattal again lambasted the SAD-BJP government for its anti-poor and anti-people policies. “Badal is so worried about the election that he is not leaving the area even for a day. If he is so confident of his government’s contributions, then why is he going door to door to beg votes?” she asked.
Earlier, she led a caravan of the party candidate and slogans of Congress Zindabad rented the air as they passed through various markets to reach the MC office for filing nominations. Former ministers, Partap Singh Bajwa and Sardul Singh, PPCC spokesperson Bir Davinder Singh, Mohinder Singh Kaypee, former Mayor Sunil Datti accompanied Goldy, while most of the Captain’s loyalists were conspicuous by their absence.
Congress MLA Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, formers MLAs, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, Darbari Lal, Harjinder Singh Thekedar, Harpartap Singh Ajnala and Sukhjinder Singh Randhwa, also stayed away. Bhattal played down their absence by saying that many leaders had called her up to tell that they were busy elsewhere in the party’s campaign. “One or two are not well, others are busy in canvassing and some are out of station. There are no differences,” she said.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today flew to Chandigarh for a meeting, but returned in the evening to start his next leg of canvassing. The seat will be witnessing a keen contest, as the SAD (B), with the support of alliance partner BJP, will try its best to wrest the seat to show that it still has the winnability streak.

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