With Nabha municipal committee slated to hold elections to the post of president for the third time on Tuesday, the Shiromani Akali Dal is still undecided over the final name of the councillor to be elected, a dilemma which could postpone the elections yet again.
The council president elections were postponed for two consecutive times due to rift within SAD’s local units and councillors. In a fresh development, the former committee president Gurbakshish Singh Bhatti, who contested independently, joined Akali dal on Monday in presence of deputy chief minister and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Though after consulting halqa incharge Makhan Singh Lalka SAD president had finalised councillor Gursewak Singh Golu’s name for president’s post in the last meeting March 18, six SAD councillors objected and boycotted the election.
Even cabinet ministers Surjit Singh Rakhra and Janmeja Singh Sekhon, who brainstormed for three hours then, failed to build consensus between SAD councillors.
It should be mentioned that even Sukhbir had asked SAD councillors to meet him, but the rift came into the open on Monday when six of SAD councillors including Manwinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, and Duleep Kumar Bittu, met deputy CM on Monday at his New Delhi residence to put their view point against Golu and Lalka, who had met Sukhbir separately to float Golu’s name.
Of 23 seats in the MC, SAD had managed to win nine seats while BJP won six seats. The Congress returned with six seats, while two independents managed to win their respective seats. SAD needed 13 votes to win confidence from other councillors to get its councillor elected president.
Bhatti’s inclusion in SAD may make it tough for Lalka’s group to float a name for president’s post from their lot.