In 2014, Arun Jaitley lost the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, trailing behind then former chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh by more than a hundred thousand votes. Three years later, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, a relatively junior Congress leader, trounced the BJP’s Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina by 200,000 votes. This time, too, things aren’t looking bright for the BJP nominee, Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, who is struggling to find his political feet in this holy city.
Although he has a connection with Amritsar-his maternal grandfather was among the survivors of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre-observers