Amidst beating of drums and accompanied by party leaders and supporters, the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections filed their nomination papers on Tuesday. A total of four nomination papers were filed. Three of these were for the candidates and one for covering candidate.
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal filed his nomination papers, with an eye on the fourth consecutive term in the Lok Sabha. Party leaders and workers gathered at Sector 17, where the papers had to be filed. Accompanying Bansal were his his wife Madhu Bansal and son Manish Bansal, apart from leaders of the local unit.
Bansal’s filed four sets of nomination papers for which his name was proposed by Maninder Singh Dhillon, Khalil Ahmed, Lalit Joshi and H C Kalyan. President of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee B B Bahl was the covering candidate.
Early in the morning Bansal went to Mansa Devi temple and Nada Sahib Gurudwara. As he filed his nomination papers and came out, supporters raised slogans, carrying party flags and dancing to dhol beats.
Bansal thanked the party leadership, and then, speaking to the gathering, he said he would work for further development of the city. He also thanked the residents of Chandigarh for their continued support and that he will not betray their faith. The leaders of the party who had earlier expressed their opposition to Bansal’s candidature were also present, having buried the hatchet.
The BSP workers gathered near the Sector 34 gurdwara and walked towards Sector 17, where the nominations were filed. Hundreds of party workers carrying the party flag extended their support to the candidate, Jannat Jahan. Tuesday was chosen to file nomination as it was the birthday of party convener Haffiz Anwar-ul-Haq, who is Jannat’s husband. National secretary of the party Narendra Kashyap, Deputy Speaker of Haryana Assembly Akram Khan and president of the local unit Jageer Singh were among those present. Narendra Kashyap, while addressing party workers, said that people are fed up with the misrule of Congress and now they want a change. He said this time BSP will play the major role in forming the government.
Jannat said that people are fed with the Congress and want a change. She said that while Congress had not done anything for development, BJP is fighting with each other and this is the same case with Aam Aadmi Party. The nomination for the covering candidate is yet to be filed by the party and is likely to be done in the next two days.
Nomination was also filed by Deepak Shukla, a resident of EWS Housing Board Colony at Bapu Dham, as an independent candidate.