With all independent candidates withdrawing from the Dharamkot municipal council elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominees are all set to be elected unopposed. The formal results will be announced on June 7.
The Congress has not fielded candidate on any of the 13 seats of the municipal council.
Former education and agriculture minister Tota Singh has claimed that the election process in his constituency has concluded. After facing a stiff competition from the Congress in winning the Dharamkot seat during the assembly elections, it was a smooth sailing for the Akalis in the MC elections in the absence of any competition. The alliance partners SAD and BJP had fielded 11 and two candidates, respectively.
Sukhjit Singh Kaka Lohgarh, who had contested the assembly election on the Congress ticket from Dharamkot and given a stiff competition to Tota Singh, was missing from the scene this time.
All senior Congress leaders from the constituency reportedly too did not take interest in the election process, as a result the party men, who wanted to contest the municipal council elections left the ground clear for the SAD-BJP candidates.
Thirteen independent candidates had filed their nomination papers on May 24, but they too have retired from the election process.
Though district Congress committee president Jagdarshan Kaur had announced that the party will support independents.
However the party workers got demoralised, when independents decided against contesting elections.
"We tried to put up candidates for municipal council elections at Dharamkot and Baghapurana, but some police and civil officials created panic in the Congress camp at the behest of Akali leaders. So, the Congress candidates are quitting the election process," said Congress legislature party leader Sunil Jakhar.
On the other hand, former minister Tota Singh claimed that independent candidates kept away from the election process for the development of Dharamkot. "As the SAD-BJP alliance has won all 13 seats, I will meet chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to seek a special grant for the development of the area. Since independence, it is for the first time that the MC elections have concluded unanimously," he said.
Tota Singh added that the allegations of the Congress leaders are not true. "If Congress leaders give any proof that party men are being threatened by police and civil officials in the Dharamkot constituency, I will quit politics," he said.