Though the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win civic body elections jointly, yet the deadlock between both the coalition partners continued over the election of presidents of Rajpura and Nabha municipal councils.
At Rajpura, both the parties are vying to elect their respective president, while in Nabha, the elections of the MC have been postponed after last-minute confusion between both the parties over the candidature for the president’s post.
Out of a total of 21 seats, SAD managed to win nine seats, while BJP put six seats in its kitty. The Congress won six seats, while two Independents managed to win.
However, in Rajpura, a Hindu-dominated belt, the BJP clinched 11 seats out of a 29 seats, while the SAD bagged nine seats. Moreover, the independent candidates handsomely won from five seats, while the Congress bagged only four seats.
Earlier, represented by the BJP, now the SAD has been eying the president’s post in Rajpura, where the SAD has won the confidence of independent candidates.
Even SAD leaders, including party in-charge Deepinder Singh Dhillon, met deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to stake their their claim.
However, on the other side, BJP, which claimed the post according to the 1997 pact with the SAD, is reluctant to hand the post seat to its partner. “The meeting of senior BJP and SAD leaders is scheduled for Monday, but we will not give up the post to the SAD in any case”, he said.
At Nabha, SAD was set to get the president’s post but a last-minute hitch made the former to postpone the election.
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