Batala:Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ has won the hearts of Punjabis through his comedy and acting in the past 25 years.At 45, the political greenhorn is now counting on the credibility and goodwill he has established through his acting career to win votes in Batala.
Contesting on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket, the actor- turned-politician is confident of defeating his heavyweight opponents and promises to “change the face” of the city, which was once known as the “Iron Bird of Asia” for its steel factories, with better infrastructure and revived industries.
Blaming political rivals for the “pathetic” condition of Batala, he said, “There are lots of issues pertaining to infrastructure in Batala. There are no traffic lights in the city, no parking facility and heaps of garbage lie in all over the streets.”
“Despite being a district, there is no super-speciality hospital, higher educational institute and even a stadium for sports activities,” said Ghuggi.
“Nobody gave attention to Batala. This city was ignored completely. Do you know there is no cinema here in spite of the fact that it is the seventh largest city in terms of population in Punjab. People go to Amritsar to watch movies.His political opponents sitting MLA and Congress candidate Ashwani Sekhri and Akali Dal nominee Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangalruled out any challenge from the newbie.
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