With the SAD-BJP leadership unable to rein in the ambitions of their leaders, there are at least 35 independents from within these parties in the fray, in the SAS Nagar municipal corporation polls, rendering any pretence at a joint candidate being fielded as meaningless. HT lists a few wards where the contest has an interesting edge.
21-year-old against four men
In an interesting contest, the youngest candidate in the fray, 21-year-old independent candidate Harkamal Preet from ward number 36 is the lone woman candidate against four men.
The ward has Shinder Pal Singh as BJP candidate, Tejinder Singh as Congress candidate, and other independent candidates Nachhater Singh and Rajesh Kumar. “I'm a first-timer. I'm confident that people will accept me,” the B.Com student says. In ward number 20, the SAD and the BJP are locking horns officially.
The BJP has fielded Sahibee Anand and the SAD has fielded Narinder Singh Lamba.
“My party has asked me to contest and I am following their directions,” said Lamba. The ward has four other independent candidates in the fray.
Heavyweight against first-timers
BJP member RP Sharma is contesting as an independent, after returning the party ticket in protest against members of his group being denied the ticket.
BJP then fielded another candidate from the ward, Lakhvir Singh, who is a first-timer. Sharma contested last three elections and is a two-time winner. Sharma seems to be a heavy-weight as the line-up stands now.
In ward number 29, BJP member Amteshwar Kaur wanted to contest, but with the SAD wanting the seat, she was denied the ticket. Now it’s SAD’s Sukhminder Kaur contesting on SAD ticket. Now, Amteshwar Kaur, contesting as an independent, is being supported by real estate baron Kulwant Singh, who had contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2013 on SAD ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib. Speaking to HT Kaur said, “I am confident as I don’t see any competition.” email@example.com