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SAD-BJP cadres rue no representation in cabinet

There is disappointment in the SAD and BJP cadres as no representation has been given to the district in the new state cabinet that took oath on Wednesday. The Shiromani Akali Dal had won three and Bharatiya Janata Party one seat in the recently held elections.

punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2012 10:46 IST
HT Correspondent

There is disappointment in the SAD and BJP cadres as no representation has been given to the district in the new state cabinet that took oath on Wednesday. The Shiromani Akali Dal had won three and Bharatiya Janata Party one seat in the recently held elections.

In the 2007 elections, the alliance had won six of the eight seats. Two BJP MLAs were inducted as ministers and the rest were appointed chief parliamentary secretaries.

In the recent elections, the alliance wrested four of the seven seats (Garhdiwala stands dissolved), but no one has been taken in the council of ministers. Sohan Singh Thandal, the SAD nominee from Chabbewal, had a fair chance of being included in the cabinet on account of his fourth consecutive win, but he too failed to make it to the final list. He had served as state minister in the alliance government that ruled from 1997 to 2002.

BJP's Amarjit Singh Sahi, who was elected from Dasuya, was also vying for a ministerial rank as he was the only party nominee to have won from the district and the only Sikh BJP MLA in the state, but his party had other considerations while short-listing names for the council of ministers.

The district was known as Congress stronghold, but the SAD-BJP combine arrived in a big way in 1997 when it won six seats. Ever since it has not lost in Chabbewal (erstwhile Mahilpur), while the monopoly was broken in Hoshiarpur after 15 years. The SAD has broadened its base in Garhshankar, a seat it contested for the first time on its own symbol and won.