Ahead of the Gurdaspur bypoll, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today sought to woo ex-servicemen here, promising that he would ensure “justice and respect” for them. The Gurdaspur bypoll, slated to be held on October 11, was necessitated by the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April this year. The Congress has fielded Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar for the seat. Promising all-around development for the region, the chief minister said a vote for Jakhar would be a vote for development. “Your sacrifices for the nation cannot be ever forgotten and the least my government can do is to ensure that you get respect and justice,” he told ex-servicemen at a rally here. “Don’t hesitate to approach me directly in case you have any problems,” he said.
Singh urged the ex-servicemen to support Jakhar in the ensuing by-election. “He is a gem of a person and will fight for the rights of the people of Gurdaspur region in the Lok Sabha,” the CM said. Referring to his government’s ‘Guardians of Governance’ scheme, Amarinder said the voluntary force of ex-servicemen would ensure implementation of all government schemes and programmes and see that benefits of these schemes reach the people. The chief minister said his government will set up a Sainik school for the children of defence personnel and training institutes in Majha and Malwa regions.