Rumblings started in Congress after two sitting SAD MLAs, Maheshinder Singh from Baghapurana and Rajwinder Kaur Baghike from Nihal Singh Wala, joined the Congress Tuesday.
Darshan Singh Brar, Congress ticket aspirant from Baghapurana who is a former MLA and confidant of Captain Amarinder Singh, declared “none can dare to cut his ticket from Baghapurana and that too for sake of an outsider”.
Brar told The Indian Express, “He (Maheshinder Singh) has joined Congress, he is most welcome in our party. He can go anywhere, Moga, Dharamkot or Nihal Singh Wala, but he should better keep his eyes off from my area. Kisi di enni himmat nahi hai meri ticket kattan di Baghapurana ton. (None can dare to cut my ticket from Baghapurana.) I have worked and struggled for it for long.”
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“We will have problems if loyal party soldiers like us are ignored and outsiders are given tickets. But I am confident I will be Baghapurana candidate,” he said.
Maheshinder Singh, son of senior Congress leader late Gurcharan Singh, who recently resigned from SAD citing police harassment and ill-treatment, hails from Nihal Singh Wala. However, Nihal Singh Wala being a reserved constituency, he cannot contest from there. Sources in Congress said he might get Congress ticket from Moga.
Meanwhile, with the induction of Nihal Singh Wala MLA Rajwinder Kaur, Congress has found an established face in the area. Sources said she might be asked to contest on a Congress ticket from same constituency in absence of any other stronger candidate.
“Our local leaders like Jagdarshan Kaur, Baldev Singh Kussa and Kuldip Singh Bhatti are also in race for Nihal Singh Wala, but sitting MLA Rajwinder Kaur is a stronger candidate. She might get Congress ticket from her own constituency,” said a source.
Both MLAs Maheshinder and Rajwinder said they had joined Congress “unconditionally”. “We can’t be slaves. We worked for SAD as loyal soldiers, but it is the party that worships corrupt and kicks honest people. We will accept whatever decision will be taken on tickets,” they said.