As both the BJP and the Congress remained occupied with the dissents revolting against denial of a ticket to the civic polls, suspense over naming candidates for various seats by both the parties continues.
The SAD, an alliance partner of the BJP, is too groping in the dark in the absence of an accord over the seat-sharing between them for this BJP-dominated town. Though, on Wednesday, the last date to filing nominations, as many as 363 applicants, from various parties and Independents, file their papers, in the absence of an understanding between their parties over the seats, both BJP and SAD aspirants are uncertain about their prospect of contesting the polls. According to sources, the SAD, which has been demanding 17 out of the 50 seats, may get four seats. However, with powerful BJP contenders, who have blessings of local MLA Ashwani Sharma, filing their papers from most of the wards, the chances of SAD aspirants getting those wards become bleak.
In the meantime, Congress leader Nitin Laddi on Wednesday left the party and filed his papers as a BJP candidate. “We have declared candidates for 37 seats, while the remaining 13 are yet to be decided,” said district Congress president Anil Vij. “As we have many competent contenders, we are facing a problem in finalising the list. We want to choose best out of them,” said Vij when asked about the reasons behind the delay in announcing the names of the 13 candidates.
Hardip Singh Lamini, senior SAD leader from Pathankot, claimed that he had asked for 17 seats, but the final picture was yet to emerge.
What SAD says
SAD general secretary Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the final seat-sharing got delayed because of former minister Sucha Singh Langah being busy in a Mohali court (that convicted him in a disproportionate assets case). “He was given the charge of sorting out differences. Now I’ll be getting into it on Thursday. By the evening we will have a final picture.” He said most issues regarding Bathinda had been sorted out.