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Parties use protests to kick-start drives

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Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, September 2

The scholarship scam has come in handy for political parties to remain in the limelight by holding protests over the issue here.

Local leaders not only burnt effigies of Cabinet minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, but also held discussions among themselves on the emerging political scenarios for Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fatehgarh Churian, Batala and Dera Baba Nanak.

Mere eyewash: Congress

  • The Congress dubbed the protests as a mere eye-wash
  • "It is all fluff and no substance. I am sure that these parties will not be able to sustain the momentum because there are still 18 months to go before the state goes to the polls," said Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

The Gurdaspur district SAD unit is scheduled to hold rallies later this week while the BJP too has taken to the drawing board to plan its strategy. Sources revealed that the party leadership would choose Sujanpur, which is said to be a BJP stronghold with sitting MLA and former Deputy Speaker Dinesh Singh Babbu representing the seat for three consecutive terms now, to make a start.

AAP leaders claimed the party had chosen Majha to trigger their campaigns as it was in this region where it had fared the worst in the 2017 polls. "We did well in Malwa and to a certain extent in Doaba too, but were a big flop in Majha. This is precisely the reason the leadership has started canvassing from Majha," said a leader.

Batala SAD MLA Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal said the scam had come at the right time for parties to commence poll drives. "I have asked workers, particularly from villages, to reach the city in a big way for the campaign. What is wrong in that? It is akin to killing two birds with one stone. It is not a bad idea at all," he said.

The BJP is tied in knots. Although party leaders say they will be holding rallies, there was uncertainty about their planning.

from The Tribune

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