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Poll campaign for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll ends

Press Trust of India  |  Gurdaspur (Pb) 

The poll campaign for the Gurdaspur seat, which has witnessed sharp attacks and quick ripostes by leaders of the three major parties - the Congress, and AAP, came to an end this evening.

The Congress, which is ruling Punjab, has fielded its state chief Sunil Jakhar while the has placed its hopes on businessman Swaran Salaria. The has fielded retired Major General Suresh Khajuria from this seat.

Polling will be held on October 11.

During the poll campaign, the targeted the at the Centre alleging "all-round failure" and claiming that the had ignored farmers' interests while promoting those of corporates.

leaders had also attacked the over the implementation of the Goods and Services (GST).

A rape case registered against former minister Sucha Singh Langah also provided the ammunition to attack rival Shiromani Akali Dal. SAD is campaigning for ally BJP's candidate.

The Akali-BJP combine sought votes on the basis of development and welfare schemes started by the in the last three years while attacking the six-month tenure of the Captain led Congress government claiming it had failed to honour polls promises like farm debt waiver.

The BJP targeted Congress candidate Jakhar calling him an "outsider" and sought to know why Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa was "missing" from the poll campaign.

The (AAP) attacked both Congress and BJP alleging they were "hand-in glove" and projected party nominee retired Major General Suresh Khajuria as a local face to seek votes.

Significantly, the campaigning for Gurdaspur bypoll did not see much active canvassing by top national level leaders from any of the three parties.

The Gurdaspur seat fell vacant following the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year.

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 20:13 IST