June 26, 2022

Election round-up: High-voltage Bikram Majithia vs Navjot Sidhu in Amritsar; Congress hits out at RPN Singh | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Amritsar (East) seat is set to witness a high voltage clash as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to field one its most prominent faces, Bikram Singh Majithia, against Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
In Uttar Pradesh, the opposition Congress, still smarting from former Union minister R P N Singh’s desertion, asserted that only those willing to struggle and fight could stay on in the party.
Here is a quick round up of the political developments on Wednesday:
Punjab
The thrilling political contest in Punjab became even more interesting as the SAD decided to field former minister Bikram Singh Majithia from Amritsar (East) seat. Majithia will take on Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu who is the incumbent MLA.
Sidhu had relentlessly targeted Majithia on the issue of drugs. Weeks before the Punjab polls, the state police also filed an FIR against Majithia. The Akali Dal has accused the Congress government in acting with political interests in mind.
The high-profile contest also brings Akali Dal back in the picture in Majha region. In 2017, the Congress under Amarinder Singh had swept 22 of the region’s 25 seats.

The Akali Dal also announced that former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal would contest from his traditional stronghold of Lambi.
Chart of the day
How constituencies were won in 2017 Punjab assembly elections

Uttar Pradesh
The Congress hit out at former Union minister R P N Singh, who joined the BJP on Tuesday. UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Wednesday said only those willing to fight for the people will stay in the “new Congress”.
“He is a ‘raja-maharaja’. He did not like a poor man like me being the state president of the Congress and perhaps this is the reason why he quit the party,” Lallu told reporters.
“This is the new Congress wherein only those who struggle will survive,” Lallu added.
Meanwhile, the spiritual city of Varanasi with the recently-inaugurated Kashi Vishwanath Dham is the centrepiece of Uttar Pradesh’s tableau in the 73rd Republic Day Parade on Rajpath.
The first phase of the mega project, was dedicated to the people by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 13 last year, and is expected to boost tourism in the holy town. The development of the Kashi-Vishwanath corridor and construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya are among the aspects that the ruling BJP has been highlighting ahead of the polls.
Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand Congress working president Ranjit Rawat has expressed displeasure of the candidature of former CM Harish Rawat from Nainital’s Ramnagar, a seat from where he was hopeful of getting the party ticket.
In a purported video that surfaced on social media, Ranjit Rawat is seen questioning the party’s move while demanding that Harish Rawat’s candidature be withdrawn.
“Will you let someone else (Harish Rawat) reap the harvest of a barren land which you made fertile,” he is seen asking party workers in the video according to PTI.
Though Ranjit Rawat had lost the Ramnagar seat to the BJP candidate in the 2017 assembly polls, he had worked in the constituency and was expecting party ticket. However, the Congress declared Harish Rawat as its candidate from the seat in its second list on Monday, disappointing Ranjit Rawat.
Goa
The BJP announced its second and final list of six candidates for the Goa elections.
It included assembly speaker Rajesh Patnekar who would contest from his current constituency of Bicholim. But Siddhesh Naik, the son of Union minister Shripad Naik who was reportedly seeking ticket from Cumbharjua, did not find place in the list.
Jainita, former state minister and sitting MLA Pandurang Madkaikar’s wife, would contest on BJP ticket from the constituency.
The party’s first list of 34 candidates had similarly excluded Utpal, former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar’s son. Utpal Parrikar subsequently quit the BJP and announced that he would contest from Panaji as independent. He will file his nomination papers on Thursday.
Manipur
Chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday said the people of the state should work unitedly for a peaceful, prosperous and developed Manipur. Addressing the Republic Day function at the Manipur Rifles Parade Ground here, Singh said all the people of the state have the responsibility of building a strong Manipur.
“Independent and Republic India has become a major power in the world today,” he said. “We are able to celebrate this day because of the efforts of our forefathers who fought for India’s freedom,” he added. Singh said the day also reminds the government how it should work for the development, progress and upliftment of people’s lives.
Meanwhile, what also attracted attention in the state as well as in Uttarakhand was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attire.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ditched his traditional turban look on Republic Day this year and wore a traditional cap from Uttarakhand with an image of the brahmakamal, the state flower, and sported a stole from Manipur. Official sources said Modi uses the brahmakamal whenever he offers prayers at Kedarnath.
The five states go to polls next month.
(With inputs from agencies.)

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