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Stage rage: Notices to Singla, Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 29
The Returning Officer here issued notices to Mr Surinder Singla and Mr Navjot Sidhu, Congress and the BJP candidates, respectively, for violating the code of conduct by levelling personal charges against each other during a TV debate last night.

Mr P.S. Randhawa, Assistant Returning Officer, talking to the Tribune said Mr Sidhu had filed his reply, clarifying that it was on record that Mr Singla had called him a ‘katil’ (murderer). Mr Singla too had filed the reply through, stating that it was the supporters of Mr Sidhu who had indulged in hooliganism.

Mr Singla, Finance Minister and Congress candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, talking to the media said he would appeal to the Supreme Court for taking cognisance of the ‘permanent violent’ behavior of Mr Sidhu, former BJP MP.

He said it was unfortunate that he had to contest against a candidate ‘who is a murderer’. He said Mr Sidhu had recently picked a fight with state BJP president Avinash Rai Khanna and reportedly abused him. Prior to that, he had hurled abuses at the former captain of the Indian cricket team in England.

Lashing out at Mr Sidhu for calling him a ‘dalal’, Mr Singla said the former cricketer was involved in match-fixing and had been interrogated four times by the CBI. He claimed he had proof of the match-fixing and would submit the same to the apex court soon.

On development plans for the holy city, Mr Singla said he would release a manifesto consisting of 18 major projects for the city. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was keen on developing the city and that was why he had gone out of the way to sanction Rs 80 crore for the development of Industrial Cluster at Batala, he claimed.

Earlier, Mr Sidhu talking to the media, said that Mr Singla had deliberately resorted to name-calling to avoid the debate. He said the Congress government in the state has sold land to multinational companies, including Reliance, at throwaway prices.

Meanwhile, Pandit Surinder Arjun, contesting the Amritsar Lok Sabha as well as the Amritsar (Central) Assembly seats , as the BSP and third front candidate, respectively, said both Mr Singla and Mr Sidhu were “outsiders.” He said he was the only candidate who was had been the resident of the city for the last four decades.

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