On a day when over 100 nominations were filed for the Jalandhar municipal corporation elections, several candidates violated the election code of conduct when they went to file their papers on Monday, leading to traffic chaos on roads leading to the district administration complex. Policemen conveniently chose to look the other way.
Candidates started arriving at the administrative complex at around 10am with their supporters. Most of them moved ahead of huge processions in gross violation of the code of conduct. Even as sloganeering continued inside the complex, many candidates entered the returning officer's room with more supporters than allowed.
There were some interesting moments as well. While deputy mayor Parvesh Tangri came on a bicycle to file his nomination papers, senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Bhatia chose to flaunt his strength by coming on a 'rath' with a fleet of vehicles trailing him. Some candidates even had children carrying their flags and raising slogans in their favour.
Since Tuesday is the last day for filing of nomination papers, last-minute parleys and reconciliation efforts kept leaders of main political parties busy. BJP state president Ashwani Sharma took stock of the situation from senior party leaders on Sunday and instructed them to speak with the disgruntled leaders.
Even ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has also deputed senior leaders Chief Minister's chief advisor Daljit Singh Cheema and former minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan to placate the annoyed party leaders, who are threatening to rebel following denial of tickets.
Former Congress councilor Haripal Singh Sodhi, meanwhile, today joined BJP after challenging the party's decision on candidates.