SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS



M A I N   N E W S

Sidhu, Singla in stage rage
Maneesh chhibber & Ashok Sethi

Chandigarh/Amritsar, January 28
The face-off between the two main contenders for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat telecast live at Khalsa College here tonight brought forth the hideous face of Indian politics, with supporters of both candidates coming to near blows.

Organised by a news channel, the programme saw BJP's Navjot Singh Sidhu and Congress' Surinder Singla hurl the choicest abuses at each other in chaste Punjabi. Mr Sidhu, a former MP from the constituency, and Mr Singla, Finance Minister, almost entered into a physical duel. Soon, supporters of both leaders forced their way onto the dais, creating a ruckus and forcing the channel to go off-air mid-way.

Less than five minutes into the programme, Mr Singla called Mr Sidhu a "murderer". Infuriated, Mr Sidhu, in turn, termed Mr Singla a "dalal”. As Mr Sidhu tried to make a point with regard to the recent order of the Supreme Court in a case against him, Mr Singla accused him of "misrepresenting” the court judgement.

Thereafter, it was sheer chaos, with both leaders having a go at each other, literally. While Mr Singla kept calling Mr Sidhu a murderer, his opponent threatened to "cut him to pieces".

Back

 





HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |