‘Underdog’ Warring cannot be written off
The high-profile constituency of Bathinda is all set to witness an exciting contest between two-time MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring. The latter is being viewed as a political lightweight, but may well prove to be just the “heavyweight” the Congress was looking for to take on the mighty Badals in their bastion.
Within just three days of his entry into the electoral arena, Warring has proved he is an underdog to watch out. Launching his campaign today amid a show of strength, Warring made no bones of his intent to set the poll narrative, projecting the contest as one between a “commoner” and the “rich and influential”.
Observers say he may well be following the example of his political mentor Jagmeet Brar, who defeated SAD chief Sukhbir Badal in Faridkot in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections. He too had built his campaign on these lines, his slogan being, “Note amiraan di, vote fakiraan di (Take money from the rich, vote for the poor).”