In a move,which it says may thwart non-serious candidates from applying for tickets to contest the municipal corporations elections,the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is charging Rs 1,000 as fee for the application form.
Its senior alliance partner in Punjab,the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress have desisted from levying any charge on the applicants.
However,the stiff fee notwithstanding,the BJP has already received more than 200 applications in Ludhiana where the party will be contesting 37 wards.
We have received more than 200 applications till now and are still busy finalising the candidates, district BJP president,Parveen Bansal,said.
Alliance partner SAD,meanwhile refused to comment on the fee being charged for the application form by the BJP. Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon,who is the observer for civic elections in Ludhiana,said,We cannot comment on anyones decision. However,SAD has never charged fee for application forms. In fact,we have not even published any proforma. The interested candidates are submitting their bio-data on their own.
Sekhon said that the party has received more than 400 applications for the 38 wards and a final decision on the names will be taken by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal. My job is to recommend the probable names.
Meanwhile,the Congress,which would be contesting all the 75 seats,has received 510 applications. District party chief Pawan Dewan said the candidates names will be announced after the elections are notified.
He added that Congress is not charging any application fee and almost all the sitting councillors will be given a go ahead except for in four wards where other candidates have been protesting.