Bhadaur (Punjab): It is a contest unique in
its own sense, with a retired top bureaucrat from Punjab
throwing his hat in the ring as a ruling SAD candidate while
on the other side is a folk singer who hopes to ride home on
his popularity as against the former`s "inaccessibility".
With Punjab going to polls on January 30, SAD`s Darbara
Singh Guru, former Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
Parkash Singh Badal, is taking on Mohammed Sadique of the
Congress from Bhadaur constituency in Barnala.
Guru, who retired recently from the IAS, took the plunge
into politics after Badal gave him the option.
Known to be a "man of few words", he has undergone an
image makeover of sorts mingling freely with people and making
long speeches to woo the voters.
Guru is banking on development works started in the
constituency in the last couple of years during his tenure
as a Punjab bureaucrat.
"I am a son of a peasant who has milked buffaloes. I have
always been in touch with people at the grass-root and know
their problems well. I will use my vast experience as a
bureaucrat for people`s benefit," Guru said while campaigning
in villages to woo the voters.
Guru has his own agenda to develop this constituency and
refrains from attacking his opponent Sadique.
"My work will speak for myself and people should judge
me by that," he says.
On the charge of remaining "inaccessible" when he was
in government service, Guru reasons that he used to remain
busy in important meetings most of the time earlier, but now
he had all the time to dedicate to the people.
73-year-old Sadique, who has watched politicians cutting
across parties from a close range singing at their rallies in
the 1980s and 1990s, says he is a born Congressman and has
been serving the party for three decades.