Parties swing into action after govt announces MC poll dates

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Nov 16, 2014 20:20 IST

Following the state's government's decision to hold the municipal council elections in the state in January, leaders of all political parties have swung into action to ensure their victory in the civic polls.

Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which registered a thumping win in the Lok Sabha elections and Haryana assembly polls, are keen on continuing their winning streak.

State BJP secretary Jatinder Kalra said: "We have already completed the first round of meetings. Our party workers feel we should contest the polls alone. We will convey their views to the party high command."

When asked about the BJP's ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)'s keenness on forming a pre-poll alliance, he said: "Though the final decision will be taken after the second round of meetings, the views of the workers should not be ignored. People do not want to vote for the SAD and there is a strong anti-incumbency wave in the state. The BJP might pay heavily if the two parties contest the polls together."

He said state BJP chief Kamal Sharma had decided to hold meetings with ground-level workers across the state this month and discuss the issue.

However, SAD MLA from Sangrur Parkash Chand Garg said: "The SAD-BJP combine is going strong and we will contest the polls together. A few statements being made by some BJP leaders do not have any impact on the alliance."

The Congress party, which is the main opposition in the state, is all geared up to contest the civic polls, despite the factionalism within the party, which came to fore during a meeting held on November 1 at Sangrur.

During the meeting, a few Congress leaders entered into a verbal spat in the presence of Roop Kaur Bagrian, president of the Sangrur unit of the Congress.

However, Bagrian said: "We are ready to contest the polls, but we demand more transparency in civic polls. Details such as number of wards, reserved seats and votes should be made available online."

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had earlier announced that it would contest the civic polls in the state, is now waiting for the dates of the Delhi polls to take a final decision.

A senior AAP leader, on condition of anonymity, said: "We will contest the MC polls in Punjab, if they are held before the Delhi assembly elections. We are now focusing on Delhi. If the Punjab MC elections clash with the Delhi assembly polls or are held after the Delhi polls, then the AAP will not take part in the civic polls in Punjab."

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