After Dera Baba Nanak, the local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit on Tuesday announced to boycott the Qadian civic polls, blaming local Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders for breaking the partnership.
Talking to mediapersons, BJP mandal president Kamal Jyoti said after the intervention of poll observers of both parties, Bibi Jagir Kaur and Vinod Sharma, a consensus on seat-sharing was reached between the SAD and the BJP.
As per the arrangement, the SAD was given eight seats and six seats went to the BJP, while one seat was given to the Ahmadiyya community, he claimed.
“But some of the local Akali leaders refused to accept the arrangement and filed their papers as Independents from all those six wards which were given to the BJP,” claimed Jyoti.
The BJP mandal president alleged: “With an intention to create panic among BJP workers, some of the local Akali leaders, who are involved in dozen of criminal cases, started threatening BJP candidates to withdraw their nominations.
“After being informed about the incident, I called SAD leader Sewa Singh Sekhwan and apprised him of the conduct of his party leaders, who openly threatened two BJP candidates, but to no avail.
“Fed up by the insult to BJP cadres by the Akali goons, I informed the BJP district leadership about my decision to boycott the civic polls in Qadian.”
However, refuting charges levelled by Jyoti, Sekhwan claimed that the BJP leader was hand-in-glove with local Congress leaders.
“As per an understanding with the Congress leadership, the BJP boycotted the polls to facilitate the victory of Congress candidates,” Sekhwan claimed.
He said he already had apprised the state SAD leadership of the matter.
“The SAD has decided to support three Independents contesting in those wards from where the BJP had withdrawn its candidates,” Sekhwan added.
A few months back, Jyoti was shot at and injured seriously, but Sekhwan had allegedly given a party ticket to a person involved in the attack, which apparently became a bone of contention between the two parties.
Campaigning begins in Gurdaspur
Candidates of various political parties and Independents have started canvassing for the municipal elections scheduled for February 25 in Gurdaspur city. AS many as 110 candidates, including 56 Independents, are in fray for 27 wards — 13 for general, 7 for women, 4 for Scheduled Castes, 2 for SC women and 1 for Other Backward Castes.
The candidates of SAD-BJP alliance are promising moon to the voters for their support. With the SAD-BJP candidates at the helm in the state, they are promising jobs to unemployed youth and wooing the poor by promising various welfare pension schemes, besides grants for the repair of their house.
Independents are promising their dedicated services for the welfare of the residents. They said a person’s merit and interest in social works counts much more.