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Villages linked to Badal defy ‘unanimous’ call

No consensus in Badal and Ghudda villages,elections to decide sarpanch,panchs

At a time when the Punjab government is working towards saving some of the taxpayers’ hard-earned money by urging the villages to elect their panchayats unanimously,two very high profile villages will go to polls on July 3 to elect members to almost all the panchayat posts.

The Badal village in Muktsar and its neighbouring Ghudda village in Bathinda — both famous for its connection with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal — will see contestants slugging it out for nine out of 10 panchayat posts each.

While the CM has got his residence at Badal,Ghudda is his ancestral village. One panch each in both the villages have been elected unanimously.

In Badal,four women candidates are in fray for the reserved post of sarpanch. They are Harbans Kaur,Kamla Devi,Sarabjeet Kaur and Sukhpal Kaur. Three others in fray for the post of sarpanch had earlier withdrawn their nominations. The village has been divided into nine wards and thus 9 panchs need to be elected. While one has been elected unanimously,the other seats will see 20 others in fray. Eleven had withdrawn their papers.

Incidentally,Badal village has mostly seen a Congress worker as sarpanch barring the last elections when a SAD worker was elected. He was later suspended for misuse of funds. In Ghudda,located near the Badal village but falling in Bathinda district,two candidates —- Gurdas and Sukhminder Singh —- are left in fray for the post of sarpanch after three others withdrew their papers. Only one panch,Gurmail Kaur,was elected unanimously while 14 are in fray for the other seats.

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It may be mentioned that in Muktsar and Bathinda districts,50 and 40 sarpanchs have been elected unanimously.