Soni said, “The Congress is a common choice here and we all should unitedly contest the elections.”

Commenting on the existing groupism in the party, Soni added, “If political bickering doesn’t end I will leave the city.”

Soni was greeted separately by Chamkor Sahib MLA Charanjit Singh, party workers and party’s district unit chief Harbagh Saini during her visit to the city, while the Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) leaders stopped the Congress leader on the way to welcome her. Soni, however, enjoys the support of all the groups.

The Congress leader later started her poll campaign after seeking the blessings of ‘Kesgarh Sahib’ and ‘Jatvahad Temple’ in the city.

While being quizzed by reporters, Soni said, “No matter I am contesting the LS elections for the first time. I have been in the active politics for the last 40 years.”
Talking about the local issues, she said that her priority would be to get rid of the water problem in Kandi area and bring industrialization to the district.

On being called an ‘old lady’ by her opponent Prem Singh Chandumajra, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate, Soni said, “This explains his mindset. Moreover, even he will get old after five years.”

Earlier on Sunday, Chandumajra had called Soni an ‘old lady’ during a rally in Kharad.
In this Parliamentary constituency, there are nine Assembly seats, namely Anadpur Sahib, Rupnagar, Chamkaur Sahib, Banga, Mohali  Navaseher, Balachaur, Kharad and Gahrshankar.

In all, the constituency has 905104 voters comprising 459269 male voters and 445835 female voters.

In the Anandpur Sahib constituency, out of the nine Assembly seats, the Congress, the BJP and the SAD won five, three and one respectively in 2012.



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