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.
On the other hand, 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. They asserted that the voters should make difference between their true well wishers and others who just contest elections to enjoy power.
In Ward 23, Balwinder Singh, ex-municipal councillor of the Congress, is contesting as an Independent after he was denied a party ticket.
Two other Independents, Parveen Kumar and Varinder Kumar, are also in fray.
Harmeet Singh, alias, Goldy, a new face, has been made official candidate of the Congress for Ward 23 at the recommendation of PPCC secretary Gurmit Singh Pahra.
Ex-municipal councillor Dashminder Kumar, alias, Noni, has been fielded from Ward 23 by the SAD, hoping that he would be able to fetch Hindu votes, besides getting traditional SAD votes.
Independent Balwinder Singh has the support of Congress leader Raman Bahl, while Noni enjoys the backing of local MLA Gurbachan Singh Babbehali. Balwinder seeks votes in the name of services rendered by him as municipal councillor from 2005 to 2010.
The other two Independents are wooing the voters with the promises of dedicated services to them. They asserted that the people had already tested the SAD-BJP and the Congress and it was time for the voters to trust them.
The Independents move in little groups of their supporters visiting door-to-door in their respective wards for residents’ support.
Meanwhile, the Delhi election results have impact on the local municipal elections, which may result in rejection of many main party candidates and support to new and Independent candidates as an experiment in the municipal elections.
It seems the voters, who don’t disclose their intentions, have already made their minds for casting their votes to their favourite candidates on the fateful day.