Ranked outsiders, both Jaitley and Amarinder are leaving no opportunity to prove their emotional bond with the sanctified city, which has a long history of embracing candidates outside Amritsar in the past.

In an attempt to get rid of his ‘outsider’ tag, Jaitley has been talking about his connection with Amritsar saying that his maternal house is in the city.

It’s not a hidden secret anymore that three time Member of Parliament (MP) from Amritsar Navjot Singh was denied ticket this time around on the insistence of BJP’s long-time ally in Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Both the leaders have collided more than once on social networking site Twitter, throwing hard-hitting barbs at each other. Jaitley’s election campaign had started soon after his name was announced as party candidate from Amritsar, while Congress leader Amarinder didn’t return back to the city after his road show.

On the other hand, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has given ticket to international fame eye surgeon Dr Daljit Singh in Amritsar to make the contest a triangular affair in this sacred city.

AAP’s effect in Amritsar is yet to be known but Dr Singh has been campaigning from door to door to seek votes.

It’s a ploy that can pay dividends, especially considering the fact that AAP performed superbly in most of the Punjabi-dominated areas of Delhi in assembly elections last year.

Meanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded Pradeep Singh Walia but Mayawati-led party has a limited influence on the voters of the city.

In the past, Walia was the district head of SAD but due to his differences with Badal family, he left the party to vouch for Congress in assembly elections.

The cultural and spiritual center of Punjab, Amritsar has always been the focal point of Panthak politics of the state.  Interestingly, people from the Amritsar constituency have voted on significant political issues too in the past apart from the Panthak matters.

(JPN/Bureau)

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