Moga: Taking a dig at Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh on Monday said the Chief Minister in "desperate bid to convince" alienated Akali leaders to support SAD candidate Joginderpal Jain was spending more time knocking on their doors than being among people.

Addressing a public meeting at village Rattian here, Amarinder said the 85-year-old Chief Minister should not waste his time and energy by "staying overnight with dissident Akali leaders in Moga in order to bring them on board".

Several senior Akali leaders including Tota Singh and ex-DGP P S Gill have opposed candidature of Jain who recently resigned from Congress and was now being fielded by SAD for Moga by-poll.

In the 2012 assembly polls, Gill representing SAD had lost the Moga constituency to Jain who was then a Congress candidate. Meanwhile addressing poll rallies here in Jain's favour, Chief Minister Badal said SAD-BJP was going to the people on the plank of development, peace and communal harmony "whereas the Congress was still trying to employ its failed strategy of divide and rule."

Claiming that the SAD-BJP alliance was "a symbol of Hindu-Sikh unity", he alleged that the divisive politics pursued by Congress had adversely affected the Hindu-Sikh unity in the region. Terming Moga by-poll as an historic occasion to teach Congress a lesson, Badal appealed the voters of the Moga to vote for strengthening the communal harmony.


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