Jalandhar, Mar 31 : Punjab will keep its "Date with democracy" on May 19 when voters will exercise their franchise to elect representatives to all the thirteen seats of the Lok sabha in the state.
Notification for the elections in Punjab will be issued on April 22 following which the candidates will start filing their nominations, said official sources.
But the candidates announced by different political outfits have jumped into the campaign trail already.
Some are attending social functions though uninvited, organised by some or the other social organisations and forums and or are busy expressing condolences on the death of someone in someone's family or attending the last rites of some deceased or are seen paying tributes to the departed souls, sources said.
This all became evident on Sunday when former Lok Sabha deputy speaker and SAD candidate from Jalandhar Parliamentary Constituency Charanjit Singh Atwal and Congress probable Chaudhary Santokh Singh reached the hall of Siddh Baba Balak Nathji temple near Kishanpura chowk to attend the last prayers of Sanjeev Toni, former photo journalist of a local daily who died of prolonged illness on Friday.
Mr. Atwal was accompanied by Jalandhar BJP president Raman Pubby and Bhagat Mohinder Pal, son of former Jalandhar West MLA Chuni Lal Bhagat.
But Mr Atwal neither met the members of the bereaved family not condoled the death with family members of the photo journalist. He left in a hurry with people flaying his gesture saying that it was a fun on the part of the BJP leaders to show the face of the SAD-BJP candidate contesting polls from Jalandhar.
Another BJP leader and former chief parliamentary secretary KD Bhandari also joined the prayers but he too left early.
Senior congress leader and sitting Jalandhar MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh reached late but despite that was asked to pay homage to the departed soul on his and party's behalf.
This kind of irrational behaviour on part of the political leaders and the candidates intending to contest Lok Sabha polls had not only become a talk of the town but also a mockery on the part of the political leaders using social functions to gain political mileage, they added.