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BJP-SAD to share seats based on ‘winnability’ of candidates

Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party would share seats based on the “the candidates’ winnability”.

Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party would share seats based on the “the candidates’ winnability”. This was decided in a meeting between the two parties held today to discuss the stalemate over the sharing of seats for the Municipal Corporation elections.

SAD has staked claim to fielding candidates from six wards out of 26. In the previous elections,SAD candidates have contested on four seats and those of the BJP on the remaining. While SAD is asking for more seats in the elections,BJP is not agreeing for the same.

In the meeting held today it was decided that the two parties would discuss the winnability of candidates. A senior leader of SAD said that the parties would analyse the seats which are in wards where BJP or SAD have a stronghold. Accordingly the decision on seat sharing would be taken.

Heated arguments were witnessed today also as the two sides could not agree on a specific number of seats. Another issue that was raised was that while the BJP has constituted a committee to work out the details of seat sharing,the same had not been done by the Akali Dal. The four-member committee of BJP comprises Dharam Paul Gupta,Arun Sood,Satinder Singh and Ramvir Bhatti. The leaders of SAD were asked to constitute a committee so that discussions could proceed smoothly. Another meeting is scheduled in the coming days.

During the last MC elections,the Akali Dal had won two of the four seats from where the candidates of the party contested. One of the councillors Gurnam Singh passed away and in the by-elections a Congress candidate was victorious. Earlier this year,rebel Congress councillor Jagjit Kang joined SAD,thus maintaining the number at two. SAD has been claiming that while traditionally the party had been contesting for four seats,this year with Kang joining another ward has been added to its kitty.