Pathankot goes to polls on February 22 to elect representatives to the newly-formed municipal corporation, with deputy commissioner Sukhvinder Singh announcing dates in presence of representatives of various political parties on Friday evening, ending long-standing speculations and confusion.
The announcement, however, brought a much-needed relief to the political parties, especially to the Congress, which were groping in the dark to chalk out a tangible plan for the preparations to the MC elections.
Hailing the DC’s, former nagar council (NC) president Anil Vij claimed it was a victory of the law in the state. “We are happy that the city would elect representatives to the MC once again that would usher in development,” he added.
The DC told Hindustan Times that as many as 1,42,223 voters, 68,142 female and 74,089, would cast their vote at 119 polling booths across the town to elect their representatives from 50 wards to the MC.
“We have asked parties to forward the name of the candidates from various wards by February 11, while the nominations will be scrutinised on February 12, while on February 13, the symbols would be distributed,” said the DC.
“I have distributed duties among officers and have asked them to ensure free and fair polls. As Pathankot is now a corporation, I will urge the voters to exercise their franchise,” he concluded.
The Congress has been accusing the ruling SAD-BJP combine of delaying the civic polls for their motives and has eagerly been waiting for the announcement dates.
However, refuting the Congress’ charges, BJP Mandal president Anil Rampal said: “The Congress blames were far from truth, as no party can dictate a term for holding or stalling elections. “We are ready for the contest and will win most of the seats,” he added.