Amidst murmurs of discord,the Chandigarh Territorial Election Committee on Thursday named incumbent MP Pawan Kumar Bansal as their choice of candidate for the Lok Sabha elections. Some members of the committee met BB Bhal,president,of the Chandigarh unit on Thursday and decided to send Bansals name to the party high command where the final decision on the allotment of ticket would be taken.
Committee members had earlier held a meeting on September 29 where consensus was sought on Bansals name. A few members including DD Jindal and Ravinder Pal Singh met Bahl on Thursday. The recommendation that is being sent to the high command states that since Bansal has won the last three Lok Sabha elections including the one in 2009,2004 and 1999 he is a suitable candidate. The communication to be sent to the party high command further states that Bansal knows the problems of the city well and has solved many of these with ease. Bahl said,We have finalised the name of Pawan Bansal. The consent of the district presidents as well as heads of the different wings including the women and the youth wing had been sought earlier. There is a consensus on naming Bansal as a candidate.
There is however discontent among party leaders over the manner in which the name has been finalised. A senior leader said they should have been taken into confidence before reaching a conclusion. He added that they were not informed about the same. Also no mention of the same had been made in the meeting that was held later in the evening. Congress leaders content that the manner in which the election committee was constituted is also questionable.
Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Badheri said there are others who would have been interested in applying. However,no one was given a chance to speak. A former councillor said there was no need to finalise the name in such a hush hush manner as not many would have opposed it.