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Congress’ list for 18 MC wards has nothing for Tewari group

The Congress’ first list of candidates for 18 of 26 municipal corporation wards — to be released on Friday — has no ticket for those loyal to former Union minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari

punjab Updated: Nov 25, 2016 12:51 IST
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Manish Tewari
Sources said the refusal of Tewari loyalists to give a loyalty affidavit towards the party, as mandated by city chief Pardeep Chhabra, led to them not being considered for the ticket.

The Congress’ first list of candidates for 18 of 26 municipal corporation wards — to be released on Friday — has no ticket for those loyal to former Union minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari. Tewari had sought 11 tickets for his supporters and sources said even in the remaining eight wards, it was unlikely that his supporters will be given a ticket. All 26 tickets will thus be given to those aligned with former railway minister Pawan Bansal. The party has retained four sitting councillors — Poonam Sharma, Harphool Chander Kalyan, Gurbax Rawat, Sheela Phool Singh — for elections that will be held on December 18. In the current House, of 26 elected councillors, the Congress has nine and the SAD-BJP alliance has got 15. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has one councillor with one Independent.

Sources said the refusal of Tewari loyalists to give a loyalty affidavit towards the party, as mandated by city chief Pardeep Chhabra, led to them not being considered for the ticket. Some of these leaders did not even apply for the ticket, sources said.

Chander Mukhi Sharma, a part of the Tewari camp, who wanted a ticket from ward 1, said, “We will decide next course of action once the list is officially announced.”

In the list of 18, five advocates are in fray. Four former councillors including Harmohinder Singh Lucky, Kamlesh, Devinder Singh Babla, Jatinder Bhatia have been given a ticket. Three-time councillor and Congress Chief Pardeep Chhabra, who is not contesting this time will field his wife Ritu Chhabra from ward 3 (Sectors 16, 17 and 22).

Lawyer Rajesh Sharma, who unsuccessfully contested against city mayor Arun Sood in 2011, has been fielded against Sood from ward 8. “We have finalised 18 names and will announce these on Friday,” said a senior Congress leader, adding that the names had been short-listed from among those applied.