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Cong Bathinda nominee Raja Warring's wife hits out at SAD's Harsimrat

Press Trust of India  |  Bathinda 

Campaigning for Congress' Bathinda candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, his wife Amrita Warring slammed sitting MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal for "doing nothing" for the constituency in a decade.

She claimed that the contest for the high profile seat is a "one-sided" affair in favour of her husband.

Campaigning aggressively in the villages of the Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency, Amrita Warring lamented that the problem of drinking water and the lack of basic infrastructure were the major issues faced by the people here.

"I have so far covered 190 villages and I am very sad to see their plight. Every villager is asking for basic facilities like roads, schools etc.," she told PTI.

Amrita Warring further claimed that many villages do not even have drinking water facilities and people were faced with hardships.

"There is no drinking water in any village I have visited and women there told me that due to shortage of water, they do not take bath for at least two days," she added.

Exuding confidence in her husband's victory, Warring said, "There is great enthusiasm among the people for Raja Warring. People are supporting him. It is no more a fight. I would say it is an one-sided contest."

The Bathinda Congress candidate's wife accused Harsimrat Kaur of neglecting her constituency.

"Before coming to Bathinda for campaigning, I had an impression that there would be so much development here as Harsimrat had been it's MP for 10 years. But I was shocked to see the plight of the villages," she said.

Amrita Warring, who runs an NGO called 'Aasra', claimed that Harsimrat Kaur had not brought any big industrial project to the constituency to provide impetus to the local economy.

"Apart from the AIIMS, there is nothing else in the 550 villages of the Bathinda constituency," she said.

Amrita Warring also accused the Union minister and two-time MP of not bringing any food processing project to the constituency despite holding the portfolio.

"She is a food processing minister and she has not been able to bring a single unit. She could have brought a juice making unit or a packed food industry. She had so much power but could not do anything for her area," she said.

Amrita Warring has been holding several public meetings while campaigning for her husband in the villages of the area.

"I am not going to villages and meeting people as a politician. I am doing as the better half of Raja Warring. I feel connected to the people," she said.

Traditionally, the Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency is considered a stronghold of the Akali Dal as its candidates have won from this seat on eight occasions.

The SAD has fielded Harsimrat Kaur for the third time from the seat.

Congress, the ruling party in the state, has given the ticket to Raja Warring, sitting MLA from Gidderbaha, while the AAP has fielded Talwandi Sabo legislator Baljinder Kaur.

Rebel AAP leader and Punjabi Ekta Party chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira is also in the fray.

Polling would be held in all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab on May 19.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 08 2019. 11:35 IST