The election to the Cantonment Board (CBF) here being held on Sunday has brought leaders and workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) face to face as they are supporting different candidates in all wards.
Even though the elections to eight wards of the CBF are not being contested on party symbol as per rules mandated by the Cantonment Act but SAD and BJP cadres are burning midnight oil to make vigorous door-to-door campaigning for separate candidates in all wards except ward number 1 from where Rohit Gill, son of Akali MLA Joginder Singh Jindu, has already been elected unopposed.
Candidates having allegiance to the BJP are in the fray on the symbol of 'cow', SAD supporters have the symbol of 'lion' while Congress-backed have chosen 'woman with a kid".
Meanwhile, the high-profile contest among all the wards of CBF is in ward number two where elder son
of Akali MLA Jindu Surinder Singh Babbu is pitted against Ajay Joshi, former councillor of CBF and a close aide of Congress MLA Parminder Singh Pinki. BJP-supported Navneet Kumar might affect the outcome of the result in the ward.
Thursday evening, union minister of state and Dalit face of BJP Vijay Sampla also jumped into the election arena and campaigned for the party nominees and addressed a party rally too.
The open political confrontation between the two alliance partners in CBF has put the local electorate in a fix and majority of them were reluctant to say anything.
The presence of a large number of defence personnel voters in wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 would be the deciding factor in the victory of any nominee.