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Who’s For The Toss?

Infighting is everyone’s bane, Manpreet’s PPP could play spoiler

Who’s For The Toss?
Prabhjot Singh Gill
Who’s For The Toss?
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It’s late afternoon at Pullu Khera and Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal is addressing his 12th public meeting of the day in his home constituency of Lambi. “If you elect me, you will once again have me as the chief minister of the state...and no one else.” He needs to say this now, more than ever before, because the old warhorse has realised that though son and deputy CM Sukhbir Badal had all but anointed himself as the next chief ministerial candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), it hasn’t gone down well with the ranks. In fact, Junior ended up ruffling so many feathers, it became crucial for the chief minister to take the lead once again and assure everyone that the son won’t be calling the shots.

The chief minister pulls out a scrap of paper and reads an account of the money spent on Pullu Khera. “Look, Rs 1 crore for your water works, 40 lakh for repair of canals, your school building has been repaired. And is everyone getting old age pension?” In village after village, Badal pulls out...

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