Farmer unions’ resolution to maintain their agitation apolitical appears to have had an impression on the upcoming local body polls in Punjab the place a number of recognized party faces have jumped into the fray as Independents. At the least in 4 Municipal Councils (MC) and one Nagar Panchayat (NP), most candidates have entered the competition as Independents.
Even Congress candidates, regardless of being from the ruling party, are contesting as Unbiased candidates in 5 ‘C Class’ Municipal councils and two NPs.
In Municipal Councils (C Class) of Dhanaula, Bareta and Alawalpur and Adampur, most candidates are in the battle with out party image. In Joga Nagar Panchayat in Mansa, just one candidate of AAP is contesting on party image.
Aside from the above local our bodies, Congress candidates are contesting as Independents in MC (C class) Anandpur Sahib and even in Kirtpur Sahib Nagar Panchayat.
In Adampur Municipal Council in Jalandhar district, complete 47 candidates are contesting in opposition to 13 wards out of which 27 are Independents. 5 candidates of SAD are preventing on party image, 7 AAP candidates and solely 3 from BJP and 5 from BSP are contesting on party image. Not one of the Congress candidates is in the fray on party image in Adampur.
Joga is Nagar Panchayat with 13 seats and beforehand this NP election was gained by CPI with 9 seats. Although majority of the farm unions are being labelled as being below the affect of Left events, however CPI candidates too are contesting as Independents. AAP’s Gamdoor Singh from ward quantity 5 is the one one preventing on party image. A complete of 28 candidates are contesting on 13 seats.
Gurmeet Singh Joga, former Vice President of Municipal Council Joga who’s contesting as an Unbiased, mentioned, “This time as everyone seems to be contesting as Unbiased, we too determined to do the identical.”
Apparently, 13 candidates in Joga are contesting on the image of farmer driving a tractor.
One amongst them is Paramvir Singh Mann, former district president of Youth Congress in Mansa and likewise former basic secretary Youth Congress, Punjab. Mann mentioned,”We’re with the farmers and this NP has a complete of 7800 votes. All of us are preventing in opposition to farm legal guidelines and therefore, this time we determined to battle as Unbiased candidates solely. ” Harjeet Singh Sonu, a villager , revealed, “A few month again when Mansa MLA Nazar Singh Manshahia had visited Joga NP, he had confronted protest from farmers. Maybe after that protest most candidates determined to contest as Independents.”
Bareta, is a C Class MC in Mansa the place in 13 wards 44 candidates have been fielded out of which 43 are Independents whereas a lone candidate, Sandeep Kaur, is contesting from ward quantity 8 on AAP’s image.
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Kaur’s husband Jeewan Singh mentioned, “We have now perception in ourselves and therefore we dared to contest on party image. Congress regardless of being the ruling party shouldn’t be in a position to contest on image.”
Jagraj Singh, who was seen in the world as a Congress chief, is contesting as an Unbiased from ward quantity 4. He mentioned, “I used to be a part of Folks’s Party of Punjab (PPP) earlier fashioned by Manpreet Singh Badal and later when he merged his party in Congress, I joined Congress. Nonetheless, as farmers’ are preventing for his or her rights for the previous 6 months and this mandi is a part of villages, so all of the Congress candidates determined to contest as Independents to assist the farmers. I get an enormous response from the world and I’ve just one opponent in opposition to me.”
Mehma Singh, a resident of Dhanaula in district Barnala, revealed that very same was the case in MC (C class) Dhanaula which has 13 wards and 49 candidates in fray out of which 47 are Independents and two are BJP candidates Parminder Singh, from ward quantity 2, and Jagtar Singh, from ward quantity 4, are preventing on party image however they haven’t even began their marketing campaign as but fearing protests whereas elections are scheduled on Sunday.
Mehma mentioned, “We don’t like anybody to return to us with party image. We’re fed up with all events. Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer is the AAP MLA of Dhanaula however regardless of that, he has not been in a position to discipline candidates on party image. All of us are busy in protests in opposition to farm legal guidelines as pakka dharnas are occurring at Badbar toll plaza and a petroleum pump in Dhanaula. So we’ve no need to speak about any candidate.”
Alawalpur is a C class MC in Jalandhar the place in 11 wards, 37 candidates are contesting out of which 30 are Independents. One every from BSP and SAD, 2 from BJP and three from AAP are contesting on party image.
Congress in Anandpur Sahib (C class) MC can also be contesting as Unbiased in 13 wards whereas similar is the case in NP Kirtpur Sahib, the place ruling party’s candidates are preventing as Independents on all of the 11 wards.
Daljeet Singh Cheema, spokesperson of SAD, mentioned, “Rana KP Singh is the sitting MLA of Anandpur Sahib. He’s Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha and regardless of that party didn’t dare to discipline his candidates on party image as they’ve extreme criticism in the world. Nonetheless, we’re contesting on party image in Anandpur Sahib as effectively as Kirtpur Sahib. Sure, in few different councils, as per the earlier tendencies, our candidates have gone as Independents as effectively as a result of in small councils and NPs, private relations matter extra.”
AAP chief Harpal Singh Cheema additionally acknowledged that in few councils specifically in C class and NP candidates got freedom to determine on their very own and therefore many are contesting as Independents.
State Congress chief Sunil Jakhar mentioned: “In few councils, there have been extra claimants and so they have settled amicably amongst themselves by contesting as Independents. In any other case the vast majority of the candidates are contesting on party image solely.”
After Congress, AAP is the second party which has fielded the utmost candidates on party image.
Whereas Congress has fielded 2,037 candidates on party image, AAP has fielded on 1606. SAD has fielded 1569 candidates on party image. Whole of two,832 Independents are in fray on 2215 wards of 117 city local our bodies (ULBs) of Punjab.