Punjab polls: Congress MP Manish Tiwari campaigns for Balbir Sidhu in Mohali

Urging voters to re-choose a “tried and tested” leader like Balbir Singh Sidhu, Anandpur Congress MP Sahib Manish Tiwari said on Saturday that Sidhu was a proven leader, who with his hard work and passion had placed Mohali far ahead on the development map.

Tiwari said there was on the one hand a leader like Sidhu, who had a long list of development work under his belt, and on the other hand his rivals, who changed sides as elections approached.

He said that Sidhu had made a significant improvement in Mohali’s education and health infrastructure, in addition to ensuring many basic amenities, while his rivals only made empty statements.

AAP receives overwhelming response in villages and town: Kulwant Singh

Former Mayor and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Kulwant Singh said the AAP was getting a huge response from people in the two villages and Mohali town.

He said people were annoyed by the incumbent MP who had misled them so far. “Therefore, they want to teach Balbir Singh Sidhu a lesson by all means. At the same time, former office bearers and congressional workers are also joining the AAP,” he said.

AAP candidate Kulwant Singh meets voters in Mohali on Saturday. (Photo HT)

AAP, Congress set up with posters worth crores: Brar

Mohali Ravneet Brar’s Sanyukt Samaj Morcha candidate targeted AAP, saying ‘so-called Aam Aadmi candidate’, billionaire Kulwant Singh, had put up banners and posters worth millions across the constituency , as is MP Balbir Singh Sidhu.

During his election campaign in different villages and sectors of the constituency, Brar said that the Electoral Commission should take note of how the candidates of both parties had tarnished the image of the whole city with their posters and banners.

He asked the Commission to add their cost to the electoral account of these candidates.

Brar said: “The AAP is just a nominal ‘aam aadmi’ party. His candidate from Mohali is the richest candidate in Punjab and if one were to only estimate the posters and banners put up by him to tarnish the image of Mohali, it would be around 2 crores.

Mohali town to become medical center: Vashisht

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mohali candidate Sanjeev Vashisht campaigned in Phases 1 and 4 on Saturday. He pledged that the BJP government will develop Mohali as a medical center. “The biggest hospital in the state will be opened in Mohali constituency and it will treat all ailments, while providing free tests. PM Jan Aushadhi Yojana will be implemented locally to provide free medicine. Existing hospitals and dispensaries in Mohali will also be similarly upgraded with the provision of tests,” he said.

Later, Vashisht addressed workers in Industrial Zone, Phase 8, where he said that the BJP government will relaunch the ESI Hospital for industrial workers to provide them with better health care.

AAP workers join SAD in Mohali

The campaign of Parminder Singh Sohana, joint candidate of SAD and Mohali’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), received a major boost on Saturday after a large number of AAP workers from Sukhgarh village joined the Akali Dal.

Sohana introduced these workers into the party and assured them of full respect.

On the occasion, Sohana said that with more people joining the SAD and BSP alliance, the reality of other parties came to the fore, especially the AAP, whose workers seem very annoyed.

He said that no government other than SAD could do so much development in Mohali, which its people knew.

Priyanka Gandhi visiting Dera Bassi today

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi will campaign in Dera Bassi on Sunday, constituency party candidate Deepinder Singh Dhillon has said.

While addressing a campaign rally on Saturday, Dhillon said the people had decided to throw Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA NK Sharma out of power. “They already got the trailer in the civic body elections held last year, when the Congress won the victory of all the civic bodies of Dera Bassi sub-division,” he said.

Lashing out at Sharma, Dhillon said: “He was in power for a decade but he didn’t bring any big plans for the sub-division. On the other hand, over the past five years, we have initiated several development projects and some of them are on the verge of completion.

Zirakpur people are my family: Sharma

SAD-BSP candidate and MP for Dera Bassi, NK Sharma, said the people of Zirakpur were part of his family and had always strengthened the Akali Dal politically.

During his election campaign on Saturday, Sharma interacted with voters in Chhat village, where the Gadaria and Harijan communities pledged their support for him.

Sharma said that all the villages in this region always made him victorious and sent him to the assembly.

Tackling Congress candidate Deepender Singh Dhillon, Sharma said that over the past five years Zirakpur City Council had become a den of corruption. “When the SAD government comes to power, not only will the Zirakpur MC scams be investigated, but the culprits will also be punished. I always prioritized development, while members of Congress ran scams in the form of projects,” he said.

BJP to resettle Kashmiris living in Punjab: Khanna

Dera Bassi’s BJP candidate Sanjeev Khanna said that after coming to power, the BJP government in Punjab will work to resettle Kashmiri Pandits in the valley.

“For this, various central government schemes will be implemented. The government organized a development program of the Prime Minister 1,080 crores for Kashmiri migrants and 3,000 government jobs for them,” Khanna said, speaking at town hall meetings in Lalru village, Jiyoli, Bartana, Handesara and Nagla on Saturday.

Khanna said that over the past five years, the lands of 610 Kashmiri Pandit families had been returned to them. “Also to rehabilitate the families of Kashmiri migrants returning to the valley, 6,000 houses had been built at an estimated cost of 920 crore,” he added.

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