Chandigarh: Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh on Thursday took a pot shot at Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for allegedly failing to remember his correct age.
When asked to comment on Badal mentioning his age as 84
years in his nomination paper filed as SAD candidate from his
traditional Lambi constituency, Amarinder alleged, "If he does
not correctly recall what his exact age is, then how can he
run the affairs of Punjab."
"If according to the reports Badal had in 2007 (Assembly
polls) stated that he was 76 years old, then how can he be 84
now...we will find out from the Election Department what
Badal`s exact age is, whether it is 82, 88 or 90," Amarinder
Meanwhile, Badal, during his campaigning, said he did not
remember having made such a goof up and added it could have
been because of a clerical mistake.
Punjab`s Special Chief Electoral Officer, Usha R Sharma
said that whatever age the contesting candidate gives while
filing nomination has to be taken on its face value.
The nomination cannot be rejected, she said when
reporters asked her about the alleged discrepancy.