The SAD is likely to announce former MLA Harish Rai Dhanda as its mayoral candidate for Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections next month. This will also be the first time when SAD will contest the elections after declaring its mayoral candidate.
Dhanda,who gave up his MLA seat to become the chairman of the Punjab State Service Commission,could not take oath after the high court rejected his candidature on the basis selection criterion. While his Ludhiana West seat was given to ally BJP,Dhanda was reportedly promised an appropriate reward by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
When contacted,Dhanda said: I am a loyal soldier and worker of my party. In case my party wants me to contest these elections,I will do so with all my strength. According to reports,Dhanda will contest the elections from ward number 28,where current councillor Mukhtiar Kaur is from the Congress. Kaurs son Rajji is said to be the Congress candidate from the ward.
For the 75-seat Ludhiana Municipal Corporation,while SAD will contest 38 seats in the corporation,BJP will field candidates from 37 seats. The mayor will come from the party which will secure maximum councillors.
In the last elections,the pitched battle between the Bains brothers and MLA Hira Singh Gabria over who becomes the mayor is well known. When Gabria got the upper hand and his supported candidate Hakam Singh Giaspura became the mayor,the Bains brothers Simerjeet Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains walked out and stayed away from the party till Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal placated them. Dhanda is one name which neither of the two warring factions is likely to oppose.
PPCC wants central forces to keep watch during civic polls
JALANDHAR: Apprehensive of rigging and violence during the election of civic bodies in the state,the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has said that central forces should be deployed to ensure fair elections,which are scheduled to be held in June.
Talking to media persons on Saturday evening,PPCC Vice-president Ashwini Sekhri,who is also heading the campaign committee for the civic body polls,said that central forces will be needed for security and maintenance of law and order as there was possibility of rigging and disturbance during the polls by the ruling SAD-BJP combine.
Sekhri also urged the election commission to direct all district electoral officers for videography of the civic polls. He also added that that a list of Congress candidates for Jalandhar Municipal Corporation will be finalised by Tuesday. Till date 280 applications for party tickets have been received from the 60 wards of Jalandhar MC.