The battle for Amritsar east assembly seat remains the most keenly watched ever since former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu threw his hat in the ring as a Congress candidate. 53-year-old Mr Sidhu has claimed that he is on a mission to "save Punjab" from the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal led by Badals who "looted" the state. His entry has overshadowed other contestants who are in the race for the seat. Among them is Rajesh Kumar Honey, district president of BJP and a Councillor of the party. Mr Honey first won the municipal corporation election in 2007 and then again in 2012.
Amritsar nurtures an old and steadfast connection of warmth and affection with Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said invoking the economic and spiritual links of the holy city, which is hosting the 6th Heart of Asia conference.
Inducting two senior Akali leaders into the Congress, Captain Amarinder Singh said that more dissenting Akali leaders were willing to come over to the party. On the question of inviting Navjot Singh Sidhu, he ruled out any alliance with the Awaz-e-Punjab party but said he and his wife were welcome to join the Congress as long as they abide by "party discipline".
Heckled by BJP and Congress workers during his last visit to Punjab by train, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today chose to come by a plane but was again shown black flags by Congress women workers as his convey came out of the airport in Amritsar.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh is campaigning aggressively and conducting programmes all over the state in a bid to shed the image of an "inaccessible leader" ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal scrubbed dishes at Amritsar's Golden Temple as an apology for what he called an "unintentional mistake" - his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s youth manifesto that uses the image of the Sikh shrine with the party symbol, the broom.