Congress has snapped its alliance with the Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) for the municipal council elections in Rupnagar.
It may be mentioned that district Congress president Harbhag Singh Saini had announced that the party would contest the elections in alliance with PPP and CPI in Rupnagar. He had even announced that PPP would contest from ward number 11 and 13, and CPI from ward number 6.
However, the party has now fielded its own candidates in these wards following intervention of senior Congress leader Ambika Soni.
Saini said it was the party high command’s decision to field Congress candidates in all wards.
He claimed that there was great enthusiasm among the ticket seekers, which indicated that party would perform exceedingly well in the elections.
When contacted PPP Rupnagar (urban) president Jarnail Singh Kabrwal, who is contesting the election from ward number 11, said the alliance with Congress had been snapped due to infighting between rival groups of the Congress.
He said the PPP would contest the election on its own and Aam Aadmi Party would extend support to it.
Meanwhile, rival factions of Congress led by former Nangal MLA Rana KP Singh and block Congress president Paramjit Singh Pamma finally reached consensus on ticket allotment for the elections to Nangal municipal council on late Thursday night.
Rana KP Singh said Congress would contest the elections unitedly and defeat the SAD-BJP alliance.