Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 28
Notwithstanding the uncertainty over candidates to be fielded by the three parties, the staff of the local Municipal Council (MC) has started the process for election to the three posts of the civic body.
The SAD chief, Paramjit Kaur Jassal, has submitted her resignation on the pretext of domestic reasons. Meanwhile, aspirants from the Congress supported lobbies are not leaving any stone unturned to harness the support of councillors, who owe allegiance to SAD and the BJP.
Posts already lying vacant or which will be soon without any incumbent, include president, senior vice-president (SVP) and vice-presidents (VPs), besides a couple of heads of various committees, constituted under the supervision of ex-officio associate member and legislator Surjit Singh Dhiman.
Though number of aspirants for post of the chief of the council is increasing day by day, it seems that none of the claimant will be near the target strength of 10 out of 18 votes on the floor if the election meeting is held without any further delay.
While the SAD incharge and former legislator Iqbal Singh Jhoondan has been organising meetings with councillors to extend moral and political support for his loyalists, the Congress legislator, Surjit Singh Dhiman, is yet to disclose his strategy on the matter.
However, sources close to Dhiman said the posts would be filled in a democratic manner. Senior Congress leader Ramesh Dhir said efforts were on to fill the posts unanimously. “Though it is too early to comment on names being considered for posts of president, SVP and VP, we want that candidates from all the three communities (Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs) are given equal representation,” said Dhir while maintaining that a final decision would be taken after the election meeting was announced.
Former president of the Congress in city, Ravinder Kumar, said ‘opportunists’, who had been shifting loyalties frequently, would be opposed. He said only those candidates would be supported, who had been loyal to the Congress party, prior to the Assembly elections.
Sources said there were two separate clans having two and three councilors, respectively, with blood relations. They said, “Mohammad Issa and Shiraj Mohammad, who were worst sufferers during the SAD regime, are real brothers. Bimal Kumar Sharma, his son Bhoj Raj Sharma and former vice-president Kedar Kapila (Bimal’s first cousin) are also blood relatives, but they are yet to announce their ‘family’ candidate.”
Contrary to the earlier trend when senior party leaders used to nominate their candidates in consultation with local workers, aspirants do not hesitate in lodging their claim despite their earlier association with other political outfits.
Councillors owing allegiance to the SAD and the BJP seem to be in comfort zone as they are being approached by all aspirants individually and through their leaders. Nonetheless, they have chosen ‘not to annoy anyone’ as their strategy.
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