Amritsar: Firebrand BJP leader Navjot Singh
Sidhu`s doctor wife, Navjot Kaur, is pitted against another
greenhorn and independent candidate, Simperpreet Kaur Bhatia,
in Amrtisar East, with both candidates hoping to cash in on
the popularity of their husbands.
Navjot Kaur, who until a few days back was employed with
the Punjab Government as a senior health professional, quit
her job after the BJP fielded her.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, a three
time MP from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, joins her in the
election campaigns and uses his "Sidhuisms" to woo voters.
"MLA de naal MP free (elect her as MLA and MP is already
there at your service)," he says trying to woo the voters.
Navjot Kaur is contesting against Simperpreet, a Congress
rebel, who jumped into the fray as an independent after the
party first gave her ticket but later replaced her with
another candidate Sunil Dutti.
Simerpreet Kaur was earlier given ticket by the Congress
High Command after the death of her husband and local leader
Harpal Bhatia in a road accident.
Simerpreet Kaur says she is hopeful of her victory since
her late husband had been working in the Amritsar East
constituency for the last four years and was popular with the
This constituency has maximum slums in Amritsar. Harpal
Bhatia had a good equation with the people from the slums
since he used to frequently visit them and take up their
problems with the authorities.
Simerpreet may act as a spoilsport for the Congress and
give some advantage to the BJP candidate.
Dr Navjot Kaur, on her part, is leaving no stone unturned
to encash votes on the image of her husband.
Like Simerpreet, she too leaves her house early in the
morning and remains in the constituency till late in the
evening with party workers. "I will make this constituency a model for others. Funds will be no problem and Sidhuji (Navjot) will be there to help
us," says Dr Navjot.
Simerpreet Kaur says her aim is fulfill the dream of her
late husband who always wanted to uplift the masses and
develop of slums.
Congress candidate Sunil Dutti, who had served as city
mayor earlier, claims that if he wins, he would spend his
maximum time in the area serving inhabitants and development
of the constituency.
In all, there are eight candidates in the fray from the
assembly segment including Tarsem Singh of BSP and Baldev of
Before delimitation, Amritsar (E) was a reserved
constituency during the assembly election in 2007 when it was
being called as Amritsar Verka. After delimitation it was
declared ‘Amritsar East’ and became a general constituency.
In 2007, from Verka (Reserved) assembly constituency SAD
Candidate Dalbir Singh had won by 18,097 votes while defeating
his rival candidate and sitting Congress MLA Raj Kumar.
Total number of voters in this constituency are
1,35,312 including 63,384 women.