The victories of Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma's brothers, his manager and two close aids in the municipal council elections have been raising doubts in the minds of many.
Questions are popping up as to why no party fielded any candidates against them. Out of 31 seats, till now five have been elected as unopposed members, who all are Sharma's men.
NK Sharma is also a real estate baron from Zirakpur and SAS Nagar and has assets worth nearly `2000 crore in his name.
Even the one single person, who had stood up against one of his brothers from Congress party, was disqualified from contesting polls on technical grounds. Sources said, authorities told him he never filed his nominations papers.
Both the brothers of Sharma, namely Yadvinder Kumar Sharma from ward no. 17 and Dharminder Kumar Sharma from ward no. 22 along with his manager Bharat Bhushan from ward no. 15 were elected unopposed.
Surprisingly, his brother Dharminder has been elected unopposed twice now (last time in 2012), he was also elected unopposed from same ward (Lohgarh), which is also Sharma's home town.
The other two candidates also elected unopposed from Zirakpur MC are Jaswinder Kaur from ward no. 22 and Shakuntala Aray from ward no. 31. They are also considered close aid of NK Sharma.
Manpreet Kaur Dolly, Congress incharge, Dera Bassi constituency said, we fielded one candidate Jaswinder Singh against his brother Yadvinder Sharma, but with the help of the officers, they misplaced his nomination papers and told him that, he never filed his papers. They, in connivance with officers, rejected most of our candidates.
Balihar Singh Bali, Congress youth president, Dera Bassi says, it is very unfortunate that the Sharmas are misusing their power and threatening their candidates. "We have fielded nearly 12 candidates from our party, but some are getting threatening calls and they are luring others with money", he says.
Even Jaswinder Singh told HT, "I filed my nomination from ward no. 17, but Sharma's brothers threatened me on the day of scrutiny; the officers told me that, they did not receive my papers. Why would I lie?" he rued.
However, Dharminder Kumar Sharma says, people love us so much because of our work in the area that they do not want us to contest elections. He refuted the allegations of bribery or any threats sent to other candidates.
MC council, Zirakpur got its first elected body in 2003 and NK Sharma became its president and was again elected as president in 2008. He resigned from the post after he became the MLA in 2012, following which, his brother Dharminder was elected unopposed. With the Sharma's strong hold, Congress was never able to make its presence felt in the area.