Poll dates announced but parties yet to finalise candidates in Ambala

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2014 19:56 IST

While the Election Commission has announced the schedule for the state assembly elections, the political parties are yet to finalise their candidates except the BJP who has named Anil Vij from Ambala Cantt and Nayab Saini from Naraingarh in the district.

The EC sources said 7.63 lakh voters would exercise their franchise in four assembly segments of Ambala Cantt, Ambala City, Mullana and Naraingarh in the district.

The Congress, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) and its alliance partner Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP) of Venod Sharma and BSP have not released the list, while the INLD had declared Suraj Jindal as its candidate from Ambala Cantt.

Even before the final lists are out, the voters in Cantt segment have concluded that it would be a straight contest between Vij and Nirmal Singh. The latter's ticket was unofficially announced by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on August 18 during a workers' meeting at Nirmal Singh's residence.

In the City segment, there are several claimants to BJP ticket while for the Congress, youth leader Himmat Singh and Selja protégé Kiran Bala Jain, who had unsuccessfully contested 1999 elections, are frontrunners. The INLD is likely to give the seat to the SAD, its alliance partner.

The contest would be interesting in the City segment, if HJCP chief Venod Sharma contests from the seat as he has won last two elections from here and wields considerable influence.

Sources say the Congress may field Phool Chand Mullana's son Varun Mullana from Mullana assembly segment and Ram Krishan Gujjar is likely to be retained from Naraingarh.

Election officer (EO) Saket Kumar said a single-window system has been set up for all four assembly segments for filing of nominations and for other election-related works. Flying squads, static surveillance, video viewing and video surveillance teams have been formed for free and fair elections, he added.

He said 801 polling booths would set up across the district and a Media Certification and Monitoring Committee has been constituted to check instances of paid news.

The EC would issue notification on September 20 and the last date for filing the nomination papers is September 27.

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