Reacting to the Congress’ party’s defeat in the recent mayoral elections, former member of Parliament Manish Tewari on Sunday said it was time for the Chandigarh Congress unit to introspect seriously as the party could not afford to lose elections like this. Tewari said this during a public rally in Sector 29 on Sunday.
On former Congress chief BB Bahl’s statement blaming former Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal for the defeat, Tewari said, Bahl was a senior Congress leader, and had made a correct statement.
Speaking on the event, Bahl lashed out at Bansal, saying, “We lost the mayoral elections as the intention of some our senior party leaders was not clean. Now we will make sure Tewari is made to contest the next Parliamentary elections from Chandigarh.”
Tewari also assured people that their all kinds of problems with the UT administration will be addressed on priority basis.
Most local leaders, who spoke during the event, projected Tewari as the next MP from Chandigarh.
Among others present at the public meeting included Bir Devinder Singh Sidhu, secretary, All India Youth Congress, Maninder Dhillon, president, Chandigarh Youth Congress, Ravinder Singh Pali, former mayor, Gurbachan Singh, former general secretary, and JN Shastri, former vice-president.
After Congress’ defeat in the mayoral elections held on January 8, the Tewari group has already has got enough ammunition to corner the Bansal group, and has put the entire blame on Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra and Bansal.
After Bansal lost in the Lok Sabha elections last year, Tewari has been actively taking interest in the city politics.
He is also learnt to have been held several meetings with residents from different areas at his house, which exerts see as a sign of preparation for a bigger role.