Amritsar : Kicking off the BJP campaign in Amritsar for the February 4 assembly polls, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and other BJP, Akali-Dal leaders were left with red faces when people started leaving the City Centre venue right after Arun Jaitley commence his speech here on Sunday.
According to reports Jaitley, who lost the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in 2014 polls, was lauding BJP candidate Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina for the bypoll, and Rajesh Honey from East Amritsar against Navjot Singh Sidhu saying he was a popular face in the constituency.
But people didn’t show any passion to listen his speech and started leaving immediately. Party workers tried to make the people seated but till then half of the venue which had around 300 chairs was emptied.
Earlier on Saturday in a press conference Jaitley said: “Terrorism in Punjab was the outcome of wrong policies of the Congress. As far as SAD-BJP alliance is concerned, it not only plays a political but also a social role in the state.”
“The factors that will work in our favour include the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and development works carried out by the Parkash Singh Badal government in the state” he added.
Reacting to a media query that the party has fielded a weak candidate, Rajesh Honey, against Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East assembly constituency, Jaitley said: “Honey is party’s district chief and is a strong candidate. Also, he will always be accessible to the people of the constituency unlike Sidhu. Amritsar has had the misfortune of having an absentee member of Parliament for over 12 years, who was nowhere to be seen in the constituency and Parliament.
With PTI inputs.