Congress Rhetoric Grows Sharper, AAP Banks on Bhagwant Mann Factor in Malwa | Chandigarh News

DHURI (SANGRUR): The rhetoric has become more glaring in the high-stakes Dhuri battle where CM AAP pick Bhagwant Mann takes on Dalvir Singh Goldy of Congress. After calling Mann an outsider, Goldy turns it into a contest of sitting MP against sitting MP while the AAP hopes to ride the winds of change by participating with its slogans “Ik mauka” (a chance) for Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann and ‘Punjab taiyaar badlav ke liye’ (Punjab ready for change).
The narrow lanes of the nondescript town, which has a wide drain running through the main market, were buzzing with unusual activity these days. The AAP campaign in the Malwa region is most visible with life-size posters and cut-outs of its candidates on every stretch of road, followed by the Congress.
At his back-to-back town hall meetings, Goldy did not miss an opportunity to criticize his new rival in Mann. “Bhagwant Mann has done nothing for the development of the region or stood by your side in times of need for the past eight years. He came here and threatened to have the panchayat suspended. But as long as I will be there, I will not let this happen,” he said in the village of Ichhadi.
Goldy seeks voices on behalf of development. “I challenge Mann to choose one of the 74 villages. He can come and list the projects started by him while I count my projects. You should avoid such people. He doesn’t even get out of the car to meet the general public. J I have 32 kilometer long roads to connect the villages in the region,” he said.
He later told TOI, “Kejriwal, his family is campaigning here. They also enlisted a group of singers to canvass votes for the AAP, but that all won’t work this time. ”
On the other hand, the AAP leaves nothing to chance, even though the Malwa region has been its stronghold and the party lost Dhuri by a narrow margin of 2,811 votes in 2017. The party hopes to consolidate its vote bank in the region by choosing to field Mann of Dhuri. Malwa is the largest of the three regions, with 69 assembly seats spread across 15 districts.
While Mann was busy making whirlwind tours of other constituencies, his sister Manpreet Kaur led a walk through the city’s main market. She said: “You can see the encouraging response, people are voluntarily joining the campaign. I have campaigned for my brother in every election since he started his political journey in 2012. Last time the AAP campaign was driven by the enthusiasm of local youth, but this time voters from all groups of age support the party. “Dhuri has a total of 12 candidates in the fray including Prakash Chand from SAD, Jaswinder Singh from Lok Insaaf Party (LIP), Randeep Singh from BJP and Narinder Singh from SAD (Amritsar).

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