The panchayat elections in Punjab has thrown up some unlikely candidates. In the fray for sarpanch post in Arianwala village are two such persons who may have already proved their political credentials.
The two are Lakhbir Singh,a former planning board chairman with his known allegiance to the ruling SAD,and HS Sandhu,a Congress leader who was denied the ticket to contest last years Assembly elections. Both justify their candidature by claiming that they want to serve the village.
Lakhbir Singh,who also remained a SGPC member,had also sought SAD ticket for the 2012 Assembly elections. However he was denied the ticket and the party later made him Chairman of the planning board. His one year tenure expired recently and instead of waiting for party to take a call on his career,Lakhbir went back to his village to contest for the post of sarpanch.
Sandhu,too,had been active in the district Congress politics till recent past. While Lakhbir is singing the SADs development song,Sandhu claims he will get the villagers freed from the old police cases,which have not been settled as yet. In their speeches,both can be seen justifying their love for the village because of which they opted to contest.
Clashes: Nine held
Police Monday arrested nine persons,including the main accused Balraj Singh,for their alleged involvement in a clash between two Akali factions that took place late Saturday. They were produced in a local court,which sent sent them in one day police remand.
No female poll staff
Following the clashes in Faridkot village,and over apprehensions that more violence can take place on the poll day,most of the female staff has been relieved from poll duty.