Battle lines have been drawn in the four municipal elections slated to be held on June 10 and candidates are busy trying every method to woo voters. Around 1,392 candidates are in the fray to win 246 seats in the four corporations. However,even before the polls,four Shiromani Akali Dal candidates one each in Amritsar and Patiala and two from Jalandhar have already been elected unopposed. There are a total of 250 wards in Jalandhar,Ludhiana,Amritsar and Patiala Municipal Corporations.
In the municipal committees of Shahkote,Dharamkote,Makhu,Mullanpur Dakha and several other places the Congress candidates have withdrawn their nomination papers and a majority of SAD-BJP councillors have been elected unopposed. In Shahkote out of the 13 wards Congress candidates withdrew their name from 11 wards. The elections to the municipal committees and councils will be be held on June 7.
Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar said,The Congress will fight the elections with full force,the candidates which withdrew were due to the pressures used by the ruling SAD-BJP government.
DC Rahul Tiwari,when asked about the langars and high tea being served at public meetings,said: The election commission has not asked for a rate list of any eatables or any other items being used in public meetings. But expenditure teams have been constituted and they will look into the expenditure of the candidates.
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In Patiala out of the 50 wards,49 wards will go to the polls on June 10. Some 254 candidates are contesting. From ward 39,SAD candidate Jaspal Singh was elected unopposed as the other candidates withdrew their nomination papers. Congress candidate from ward 2,Surjit Singh,has also withdrawn his papers,however,elections will be held as there are other candidates in the fray. Over 80 candidates have withdrawn their nomination papers or were rejected under scrutiny.
In Amritsar out of a total of 65 wards,elections will be held in 64 wards after SAD candidate from ward 39,Dalbir Singh,was elected unopposed. Congress candidate from ward 37,Deepak Kumar,withdrew his papers,but independent candidates are in the fray. Over 369 candidates are fighting the elections for the 64 wards after 142 candidates withdrew or were rejected.
In Jalandhar out of a total of 60 wards,elections will be held in 58 wards after SAD candidates from wards 21 and 45 – Dalvinder Kaur Gandhi and Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia – were elected unopposed. About 241 candidates will be testing their luck in the polls after 107 candidates withdrew or were rejected under scrutiny.
Ludhiana will see election in all of its 75 wards. There are total of 528 candidates in fray after 172 withdrew their nominations or were rejected under scrutiny.