Its Satyapal Singh and his 'shooters' versus Ajit Singh in Baghpat

As the Lok Sabha Polls draw closer, former Mumbai top cop Satyapal Singh is readying for a tough battle in Baghpat. Satyapal Singh is facing Congress leader and Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh who has won from Baghpat seven times.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh. Agencies.

And the war of words has begun between the BJP-newbie and senior Congress leader. According to a report by NDTV, Satyapal Singh recently criticised Ajit Singh for the languishing development in the constituency.

NDTV quoted Satyapal Singh as saying: "This place is just 50 odd km from Delhi but 50,000 km away from development." Ajit Singh also responded: blaming the lack of development on the government.

Reeling from the after-effects of the Muzaffarnagar riots and communal tensions, Satyapal Singh's campaign has been backed by locals, part of a shooting club that Satyapal Singh played a crucial role in setting up, reports the Indian Express:

"Carrying BJP flags and wearing saffron wristbands, the shooters campaign from door to door, telling people Singh’s vision and support has brought fame to Baghpat. In the last 15 years, the area is reported to have produced the highest number of national-level shooters."

Born in Baraut close to Baghpat, the former top cop remains a patron of the club, the report says.

With eyes on UP in the run up to the polls, the nature of campaigning and candidates Baghpat is fast becoming a prominent constituency to track.

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2014 18:21 PM

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