Arun Jaitley accorded rousing welcome in Amritsar after Bharatiya Janata Party nomination

Written by PTI | Amritsar | Updated: Mar 18 2014, 19:07pm hrs
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley was today accorded warm welcome upon reaching Amritsar, the constituency from where he will contest his first-ever parliamentary elections.

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal leadership and the local BJP leaders were present when Arun Jaitley arrived here this afternoon.

However, three-time sitting MP from here, Navjot Singh Sidhu, gave it a miss.

On Saturday, when BJP had announced Arun Jaitley's candidature from Amritsar, Sidhu had said that Jaitley was his "guru".

Sidhu has been vocal against the Akali leadership in the past and had even accused them of scuttling his pet projects in the constituency.

He had said on Saturday that he would accept whatever the party decided, though he had made it clear that he would not contest the election from anywhere else.

Arun Jaitley was received at Amritsar Rajasansi Airport by Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikram Majithia along with his party workers, MLAs and BJP local leadership including Punjab cabinet Minister Anil Joshi.

On the way from airport to Golden Temple, where the BJP leader was to pay obeisance, Arun Jaitley was accorded warm welcome, as the party activists showered rose petals on his long cavalcade which was moving under the tight security.

There was heavy rush of SAD and BJP workers and other supporters on the roads right from the Airport to Golden Temple.

Arun Jaitley'sVVIP cavalcade included buses, cars, jeeps and numerous security vehicles of police.