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Now, SAD faces protests over party tickets

punjab Updated: May 25, 2012 21:45 IST
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Even as the disgruntled Congress leaders have come out in the open over the choice of candidates for the forthcoming municipal body elections, it is now the turn of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership to face murmurs of protest over choice of candidates.

Officially, no senior party leader has spoken on the issue, but in some of the wards the SAD candidates are facing an open rebellion.

In ward number 40, a number of SAD workers are opposing the official party candidate Gurbaksh Singh Sehgal. The party workers are opposing Sehgal because he is an outsider.

A state-level office bearer of the party on Friday met education minister and election in-charge Sikander Singh Malooka in Bathinda. He urged Malooka to shift the official party candidate Sehgal.
In ward 2, several leaders belonging to the Tohra faction, are opposing the official party candidate Gurwinder Singh Dhiman. The faction terms Dhiman as a 'parachute' candidate.

"We have already conveyed our resentment to the high command and our delegation would soon meet SAD president Sukhbir Badal and ask him to change the candidate," said a senior leader from the district having.

In ward number 46, several SAD workers, led by the sitting councillor Jasjinder Kaur Chadha, held a meeting to oppose the official party candidate Prabhjeet Singh Dixcy. "He is an outsider and has never visited the ward before. He has been selected without taking any feedback from the ground leaders," alleged Chadha.

She threatened to contest against him as an independent in case the party didn't change the ticket.

In ward 27, the party has failed to announce any candidate owing to an intense lobbying for the seat.

Despite several meetings by the party's top leaders, no consensus has emerged so far.
Sources said that since Sukhbir was busy in New Delhi on Friday, the candidates for this ward would be announced on Saturday.

The party is contesting 35 seats in the 50-member house. The SAD insiders say that in at least ten wards the party was facing internal rebellion.

The outgoing mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, however, rubbished these reports. "These reports have no basis. We are a democratically run party. And some resentment is bound to happen. Every worker has a right to express his view. Since we are going to win the polls for sure, there is a huge enthusiasm among the party workers," he said.