GETTING A ticket may not be easy for Charanjeet Singh Brar, despite being Officer on Special Duty to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal with two more names doing the rounds. If party sources are to be believed, the senior SAD leadership has approached two more leaders to contest the elections next year.
A senior party leader, who is also a former president of SAD’s urban wing, told Chandigarh Newsline that the SAD high command has approached Kiranvir Singh Kang as the senior Badal wants him to contest. The ruling party has also approached Ranjeet Singh Gill — a realtor and owner of Gillco Valley project.
“Kang has refused to contest citing his absence among the people. Although Gill is not keen on contesting, he has not refused either. Gill was introduced by a senior police officer, considered close to the Badals,” added the senior leader.
Kang, once close to the Badal family, had lost the 2002 Assembly elections from Kharar while Gill is yet to make his political ground. He further said that Brar was making a serious effort and he has approached every leader in the district for support.
Kang and Gill could not be contacted as Kang’s phone was switched off and Gill’s busy. Party insiders said the high command is in no mood to tolerate factionalism.
The SAD councillors on October 28 proposed five names from among themselves to the Deputy CM at a meeting.
Although a leader close to Brar said it is almost final that the party would field him given his proximity to the Deputy CM, anything can happen at the last moment.