Bathinda: After the heightened political activity for over four weeks, Punjab on Sunday went into sleeping mode, indicating lull before the March 11 storm, the day the secret lying in the EVMs would be disclosed to all.
And with no business these days, while a number of political leaders opted to spend time with family members, many were busy in attending social functions. Some of the candidates were learnt to be arranging things before leaving for trips to different destinations. However, a majority of them kept themselves busy in thanking the voters and supporters on Sunday.
Sukhbir watched movie with party candidates, CM left for Chandigarh after meeting party workers at village
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who fought the polls with an aim to score a hat-trick, spend time with his party leaders but in a different way. Sukhbir, seemingly much relaxed and cheerful, invited a number of party candidates (hailing from Malwa region) to Bathinda and took them all to a multiplex in the city.
The Akalis, including some grey beard ones, watched Shah Rukh Khan’s recent movie “Raees” in Fun Cinema with their party president. They all shared laughter as Sukhbir crackled various jokes in the interval, as learnt. While coming out, the party candidates appeared as fresh as they were quite far from the tension of their sealed fate.
Sikander Singh Maluka, Jagdeep Singh Nakai, Parambans Singh Bunty Romana, Mantar Singh Brar, Kanwarjit Singh Rozy Barkandi, Gulzari Lal were among the prominent ones, who were spotted accompanying Sukhbir to the cinema.
Earlier, they all had a lunch at a three-star hotel in the city. And reportedly, that was also hosted by Sukhbir.
A day after polls
On the other hand, 89-year-old Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who fought against Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh and former Delhi MLA of AAP Jarnail Singh Khalsa from his home turf Lambi, met the residents of Badal village at his mansion.
Sitting in the open, enjoying the sun, Badal thanked all came to meet him. Showing least interest in knowing the guess work of the masses about the poll prospects, Badal told all that the SAD-BJP alliance was definitely winning. He appealed to all to maintain calm and get back to their routine work acknowledging that it suffered due to poll campaigns.
After some time, Badal left for Chandigarh, where he underwent a medical check-up as he was not feeling well since Saturday. His assisting staff informed that Badal was scheduled to fly for US in the coming three-four days as he had some appointment with doctors there.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who toiled hard to ensure his party’s victory, had left for Delhi to see the children staying there.
Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh met some party workers at Badal’s estranged cousin Maheshinder Singh Badal’s place in Badal village and then left for Patiala. The AAP nominee Jarnail Singh Khalsa also travelled back to Delhi, claiming that he would be back in the constituency after two days.
Congress nominee from Bathinda Manpreet Singh Badal was spotted sitting with his party workers at his election office that was opened in a cinema in the city, which belong to his relative Honey Fattanwala from Muktsar.
Akali Dal candidate Sarup Chand Singla was too much occupied in fulfilling his social obligations. After attending some path in the city, he was away to Malout to attend a wedding ceremony.
Some of the candidates belonging to the region claimed that they were scheduled to go on pilgrimage, surely to seek the divine blessings for their hard work.
As it was Sunday, commoners were not much involved in their business activities so everywhere everyone was having one common topic to discuss-fate of the candidates and formation of government. There was hardly anyone seeing the fight being confined between the traditional rivals, the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress-the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), as AAP’s campaign established that this time it was a triangular contest. And for the AAP contesting the state elections for the first time, the political analysts opted to wait before coming up with their calculations.