Amarinder Singh Warring Kicks Off Ludhiana Campaign, Targets BJP Rival

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Warring launched his campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Ludhiana with a massive roadshow, targeting BJP candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu. Warring outlined his development plans for the city, including industrial growth, pollution control, and improved health facilities.

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Amarinder Singh Warring Kicks Off Ludhiana Campaign, Targets BJP Rival

Amarinder Singh Warring Kicks Off Ludhiana Campaign, Targets BJP Rival

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Warring launched his campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Ludhiana on Thursday with a massive roadshow. Warring, who has been declared the party candidate, wasted no time in calls, congress, ex targeting his main rival, BJP candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, a three-time MP from Ludhiana who recently defected from the Congress.

Why this matters: The outcome of the Ludhiana Lok Sabha election will have significant implications for the political scenario of Punjab, and the campaign's focus on issues like industrial growth, pollution, and health facilities will resonate with voters across the state. The election result will also be seen as a referendum on the performance of the BJP and Congress parties in the region. The election result will also be seen as a referendum on the performance of the BJP and Congress parties in the region.

Extends, Red, Carpet, Welcome Flanked by his wife Amrita Warring and local Congress leadership, Warring traveled across Ludhiana in a Wrangler Rubicon Jeep, covering various Assembly segments. The roadshow drew tens of thousands of enthusiastic Congress workers carrying party flags and banners, eager to catch a glimpse of their leader.

In a show of unity, former minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who was a leading contender for the Ludhiana ticket, warmly welcomed Warring with multiple hugs. Warring reciprocated the gesture by garlanding Ashu and joining party workers in raising slogans in Ashu's favor. The display aimed to quell any speculation of internal rifts after the high-stakes ticket allocation.

Warring kicked off the day with a scathing attack on Bittu, his main opponent. "Eh 20-20 Punjab da hai... aadarniya satkaryog vadde bhraa Bittu ji.. le aa gaya Raja Warring.." (This is the 20-20 match of Punjab. Respected dear brother Bittu, here comes Raja Warring.), he declared. Warring termed the high-stakes poll battle in Ludhiana as a contest between "gaddari" (betrayal) and "Wafadari" (loyalty), alluding to Bittu's recent defection to the BJP.

The Punjab Congress chief drew a parallel to the freedom struggle, stating, "Bhagat Singh had to lay down his life only because of traitors. In Ludhiana, it is a war between 'wafadari' (faithfulness) and 'gaddari' (treachery)."He emphasized that the Congress is united in its mission to win all 13 seats from Punjab and does not see any challenge from other parties.

Warring, a three-time MLA from Gidderbaha in Muktsar district, is venturing into Ludhiana for the first time in an election. He outlined his development plans for the city, including creating a blueprint for industrial growth, tackling pollution and the Buddha Nullah issue, and improving health and medical facilities. "I stand for India (to protect the Constitution of India), P for personal character (will fight against traitors) and L for Ludhiana (people and their development)," Warring declared.

The roadshow, which started from Samrala Chowk in the morning and culminated at Jagraon in the evening, was not without controversy. Near Aarti Chowk, protesters from an anti-Sikh riots victims association showed black flags to Warring's cavalcade. Heavy police presence prevented them from reaching the Congress leader. "Ludhiana has a maximum number of riot victims and we will make sure that Warring will lose the election from Ludhiana," said Gurdeep Kaur, a member of the association.

view, newsApart from Warring and Bittu, the Ludhiana Lok Sabha race also features AAP's Ashok Prashar Pappi and SAD's Ranjit Singh Dhillon. With the battle lines drawn, Ludhiana is set for a high-octane electoral showdown that could have significant implications for Punjab's political terrain. As Warring aptly put it,"Even if anyone calls me at 3 am, I will pick your call. "The people of Ludhiana will soon have their say on who they believe will best address their concerns and aspirations.

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Key Takeaways

  • Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Warring launches campaign for 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Ludhiana.
  • Warring targets BJP candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, a three-time MP who defected from Congress.
  • The election outcome will impact Punjab's political scenario and be seen as a referendum on BJP and Congress performance.
  • Warring's campaign focuses on industrial growth, pollution, and health facilities, resonating with voters across Punjab.
  • The Ludhiana Lok Sabha race features Warring, Bittu, AAP's Ashok Prashar Pappi, and SAD's Ranjit Singh Dhillon.