Chandigarh:Even after the election fever is virtually over, questions are being raised on the absence of senior Congress leaders, especially from Punjab, like Ambika Soni, General Secretary of All India Congress Committee, Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dillon, both former presidents of Punjab Congress Committee, from Punjab election seen.
The leaders virtually gave a miss to active election campaign in the 2017 Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections. Besides these three Punjab Congress leaders, who were named in the list of 40 star campaigners by the party, those who were missing from Punjab elections include Digvijay Singh, General Secretary of All India Congress Committee, Sushil Kumar Shinde, former Union Minister, Meira Kumar former Lok Sabha Speaker, Raj Babbar, actor-turned politician, Mohammad Azharuddin cricketer-turned-leader, Sonu Sood, Bollywood actor, and many others.
Though Soni was seen in Hoshiarpur once yet she was missing from the state throughout the elections.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and some other senior leaders of the party from Delhi addressed election rallies in seeking votes of the Congress candidates.
Apart from Capt Amarinder Singh, PPCC chief, the second star campaigner of the party was cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu who addressed over 70 election rallies in just 18 days.
On the other hand, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal the only star campaigners for the party who too were restricted to the limited constituency. The father-son duo were seen confined to their own constituencies- Lambi and Jalalabad- with the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fielding heavyweight leaders against them.
The AAP’s star campaigners – Arvind Kejriwal, National Convener, Sanjay Singh, National Spokesperson- addressed huge rallies in an year-long election campaign seeking votes for their candidates.
The main crown puller for the AAP, comedian-turned-leader Bhagwant Mann, MP from Sangrur, addressed 274 political rallies in 74 days.
The BJP was not behind in election campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two political rallies while Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister, Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister, and some other senior BJP leaders from Delhi actively participated in the election campaign of the party in Punjab.
Even, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati addressed election rallies in favour of party candidates contesting at 64 seats in Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections for 117
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