The Dasuya bypoll,to be held on July 11,is set to once again see a fight between two political families in the area. While the BJP on Tuesday fielded Sukhjeet Kaur,wife of late chief parliamentary secretary and MLA Amarjit Singh Sahi,Congress gave the ticket to former minister Ramesh Chander Dogras son Arun Dogra. Both first timers will contest the seat that had fallen vacant with the death of Amarjit Singh Sahi on June 3.
Though Ramesh Chander Dogra has represented Dasuya a number of times in the past,he lost to Amarjit Singh Sahi twice in the 2007 and 2012 elections. In the January Assembly elections,while Sahi bagged 57,969 votes (47.52 per cent),Dogra got 51,746 votes (42.42 per cent).
The BJP wanted to bank upon the sympathy wave created for Sahis family after his sudden death. The name of Sahis son,Dr Harsimrat Singh Sahi,was also considered by the party but Kaur was finally given the ticket. National general secretary and secretary of BJP Central Election Committee,Ananth Kumar said that party national president Nitin Gadkari had approved the name of Sukhjeet Kaur.
Arun,on the other hand,was reportedly given the ticket as his father has not been keeping well. Also,the party expects that as a youth leader,he will be able to garner more votes.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday approved the candidature of Arun Mickey Dogra, said state party president Captain Amarinder Singh,adding that Congress will win the bypoll as people have become disillusioned with the ruling Akali-BJP government.