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The BJP may have created a surprise by lining up Union Minister of State SP Singh Baghel of Karhal against party leader Samajwadi Akhilesh Yadav. But that’s where the surprise ends, according to voters in this Yadav stronghold. ‘Local boy’ Akhilesh, they say, is ready for a huge win. Karhal is located just 4 km from the village of Saifai, SP boss Mulayam Singh Yadav, which with its wide roads, multi-specialty hospital and colleges is a shining example of what it can mean to be a home. a political titan.
SP flags fly at Jain Inter College in Karhal, where ‘Netaji’ (as Mulayam is called) studied and briefly taught. Among a group of class 12 students playing cricket is Sanjay Yadav. While waiting for his turn at bat, the 18-year-old said, “Who knows Baghel here? Even a child here will tell you that its leader is Akhilesh. Bhaiyya’s popularity is unmatched. Yogi Baba (Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath) would also lose from here.
Her husband, Bikram Singh Majithia, is one of Punjab’s most controversial politicians, her family one of the largest in the state. Ganieve Kaur was, however, virtually unknown in her constituency of Majitha in Amritsar, until she literally stepped out of her shadow, under fire at the polls two days ago.
Kaur, 46, received Majitha’s Shiromani Akali Dal ticket after Majithia moved to Amritsar East – in true ‘Jarnail of Majha’ bluster taking on State Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s challenge to fight against him.