The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal),Moga wing,has been successful in sorting out dissidence within the party with over 20 municipal council members headed by Barjinder Singh Brar assuring support to the party candidate former DGP P S Gill. Meanwhile,the Congress is still grappling with the rebel candidates who have filed their nominations against the party nominee and have refused to withdraw their nominations.
Barjinder Singh Brar,it has been learnt,has been instrumental in getting the council members around. The party president Sukhbir Singh Badal had announced that only one member of the Brar family could get the ticket. So Barjinder had to sacrifice the Moga seat in favour of his father Jathedar Tota Singh,who is contesting the Dharmkot seat.
Brar said,For me party is supreme. They wanted Gill from Moga and we like will fight to ensure his victory. I am also helping my father in Dharmkot.
However for the Congresss Moga unit the headache continues. The party is facing trouble in all the four seats of the district. Senior party leaders Oscar Fernandes and Jagmeet Singh Brar met Vijay Sathi who is leading the pack of dissidents. The meeting took place at Sathiss home on Sundaya where it has been learnt that Sathi is said to have turned down the leaders request to step down.
Sathi has filed the nomination papers as an Independent from Moga against sitting MLA Joginder Pal Jain while his friend Amarjit Singh Rajeana is contesting against sitting Bhagpurana MLA Darshan Singh Brar.
Similarly,in Nihalsinghwala constituency,former district president of the party Col (retd) Babu Singh has also filed his nominations as an Independent against partys candidate Ajit Singh Shant. The Congress faces the toughest battle in the Dharamkot constituency from where the party has given ticket to Sukhjit Singh Lohgarh who quit SAD(B) to join the Congress.