Amritsar, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

AAP candidate from Amritsar Daljit Singh today said 'fear factor' has gripped the Akali-BJP and Congress as voters are fed up of traditional parties with 'weary faces and names' election after election and are now looking for new faces and a third option in AAP.

This is evident from many voters, particularly youth, who are keeping their options secret when asked whether they would vote for traditional parties, he said while talking to mediapersons here and added 'My voter is silent, as he/she is intelligent'.

"In the present system, meriteous youth is crying on being sidelined through reservations, quota and kin and kith recommendations.

"The youth know they need to cut away from the politics of yore that has destroyed the very fabric of honesty and pool of talent and are looking to change the system', he said.

Dr Singh said 'Their fear is evident, in bringing Bollywood's 'worn out' actors to garner crowds, unable to garner on their own, BJP appears 'jittery'.

Visits of Vivek Oberoi, Poonam Dhillon, Preeti Sapru, Sunil Shetty, point towards the fear that ruling party has about the double anti-incumbency wave in the state. One against PM Manmohan Singh who remained mum, despite a record number of scams; Second, against the ruling Akali-BJP combine for their vendetta and revengeful politics'.

'Even Bikramjit Singh Majithia, who was canvassing for his sister Harsimrat Badal throughout the last Lok Sabha elections in Bathinda, is now sticking to Amritsar 'out of fear' of losing face after unceremoniously replacing Navjot Sinh Sidhu with Arun Jaitley even as Harsimrat is facing strikes and demonstrations from her constituency for her almost zero development in Bathinda, besides her inaccessibility to voters', he added.

The AAP candidate said 'If Harsimrat being in Punjab could not look after her constituency even as she is the 'Badal bahu' with her father-in-law as Chief Minister Parkash Sinh Badal and husband Sukhbir as Deputy CM, what can be expected from Mr Jaitely and Capt Singh, who are both outsiders and have no bonding with the city'.

Mr Jaitley is so 'jittery and nervous' having never fought an election before, that he is busy explaining Amritsar about his connection with the city in flyers and pamphlets to voters.

"With only 'third hand knowledge' of city's problems through a coterie of vested interests, will Mr Jaitley be able to do any justice to the city, specially when he has to pay commissions to Badals for any project for the city ? Dr Singh asked.

Taking up the issue of expenses incurred for Mr Modi's rally, he said 'Who is footing the bills of these mega rallies? The shamiana, stage, chairs, rent is astronomical. Is that why Jaitley has suppressed his poll expenses, to adjust these expenses?', he remarked.

The state will go to single phse polling on April 30.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)