With Congress candidate from the Bathinda (urban) assembly segment, Manpreet Singh Badal, gradually stepping up his campaign, supporters of former MLA Harminder Singh Jassi, who was also a ticket claimant, are in a fix.
After the formal announcement of Manpreet Badal’s name as candidate on Thursday, a meeting of Jassi’s supporters was held at house of city unit president Mohan Lal Jhumba, who too is among Jassi’s supporters, in Lal Singh Basti on Friday late evening to chalk out the next course of action.
A meeting of Jassi’s supporters was also reportedly scheduled for Saturday morning at his house but couldn't take place. Some workers, while going back, said that they were not conveyed about the change in programme.
The Friday night meeting was attended by some Bathinda municipal corporation councillors and some who had lost the urban body poll.
Jhumba, however, said that meeting was not a formal one and people had gathered just to express their feelings. Jassi remained incommunicado despite repeated attempts.
Jassi, who remained the Bathinda (urban) MLA from 2007-2012, was a ticker seeker here. Last month, Jassi, in a show of strength had held a meeting of his supporters in which Jhumba and five out of nine party councillors in Bathinda municipal corporation were present. Jassi had blamed Manpreet for behaving like “owner of Bathinda urban assembly constituency”.
Meanwhile, Manpreet, who is yet to start his formal campaign, has stepped up activity across the city. He met party workers and some MC councillors on Saturday. On Friday, he, along with father Gurdas Singh Badal, had also met Congress leader Chiranji Lal Garg.
A meeting of Congress workers is scheduled for Sunday and Manpreet is expected to start campaign from Monday by holding a road show in the city.
Strap: Jassi’s supporters held a meeting led by city Congress unit president Mohan Lal Jhumba Friday evening