Gurdaspur bypoll: BJP, Congress candidates go door to door a day before poll
Gurdaspur(Gourav Sally/ DP correspondent) – With only a couple of hours left for the Gurdaspur election to get underway, leaders and workers of various political parties on Tuesday moved from door-to-door in a last-ditch effort to woo voters amid tight security in the Gurdaspur and Pathankot district. Nearly 15.17 lacs voters will decide the fate of 11 candidates in poll for Gurdaspur constituency starting from 8 am on Wednesday.The undercurrent of “silent” voters has made things uncertain for the main contenders like the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance, the Congress and AAP. While the Congress has fielded its state chief Sunil Jakhar who seems to be quite busy in door to door campaigning on Tuesday in Bhoa, Dinanagar and Qadian, the BJP nominee Swaran Salaria on Tuesday started his door to door campaign from his native village chouhan and then covered Gharota and narot jaimal singh. The AAP has fielded a retired Major General Suresh Khajuria who also went to a a few places door to door.District Election officer Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu said that all arrangements have been made to ensure smooth and peaceful polling tomorrow. He also said that there were total 1781 polling booths set up at 1257 different locations in Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts in which polling parties have already reached. The security arrangements are also particularly tight in Gurdaspur and Pathankot as nearly 10500 security personnel including paramilitary forces have deployed.SSP Pathankot Vivek sheel Soni said that Punjab’s borders with neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir have been sealed by security forces after being alert put by IB Intelligence wing for four Suspected militants spotted near the Kathua villages. He also said that vehicles are being allowed entry only after thorough checking. Candidates and their supporters switched to door-to-door campaigning after canvassing through public meetings and roadshows came to an end at 5 pm on Tuesday.
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