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No political games in Kila Raipur
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Kila Raipur, February 3
The Grewal Sports Association allows everyone but politicians to play games at the Rural Olympics held here annually.
Incidentally, December to March is the period when more than 200 rural sports festivals are held throughout the length and breadth of the State.

Since this is an election year, a massive and responsive audience is any politician’s dream. For those contesting from the Kila Raipur Assembly seat, the four-day annual event would have been ideal for canvassing. But the Grewal Sports Association gave its message loud and clear - no place for games that politicians want to play.

“We are not aware whether inviting a politician to the games would violate the Model Code of Conduct. But as a matter of principle, we decided that since this is an election time, we should stay clear of politicians ,” says Mr Sukhvir Grewal, chief organiser of the games.

Though Kila Raipur is locked in a gigantic fight between the sitting MLA, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, and the Congress candidate, Mr Jasbir Singh Khangura, yet the venue of the games has been kept free of electioneering. No posters, banners or hoarding is allowed.

The organisers tried to minimise government participation this time so as to stay clear of the Model Code of Conduct.

Since Kila Raipur and surrounding villages of Grewals have a fairly large number of non-resident Punjabis, an international look to the event is natural.

“Kila Raipur Rural Olympics is an institution which is bigger than any individual, including politicians. The philosophy of the Grewal Sports Association is that the show must go on,” concludes Mr Sukhvir Grewal.

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