With the ruling coalition SAD and BJP finalising the seats-sharing arrangements for the upcoming municipal committee elections in Sangrur district, buoyed candidates embarked on campaigning in their respective wards vigorously.
Though the sharing of wards took several hours of deliberations, it was finally settled as per the old arrangement between the alliance partners in seven municipal committees and one nagar panchayat of Amargarh.
However, the distribution of wards could not be finalised for the Dhuri municipal committee, where the BJP was asking for the committee's president seat after the SAD refused to give its alliance partner Dhuri assembly seat - the by-elections to which are due in five months.
According to sources, the Akalis were not ready to give more than eight (of total 21) seats to the BJP in Dhuri.
The seat-sharing arrangement was finalised late on Sunday night in presence of Punjab finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa from the SAD and Punjab Infotech chairman Manjit Singh Rai from the BJP, while in charges of several halkas from both the parties were also present.
Even as the BJP was asking for more seats this time, the SAD managed to pressurise its partner to agree to the previous seat-sharing formula and had an upper hand in the sharing.
"We have finalised the seats for seven municipal committees and one nagar panchayat, but the seats sharing for Dhuri municipal committee remains," said Jatinder Kalra, Punjab BJP secretary. He, however, refused to divulge the reasons.
Infighting not to affect Cong's prospects: Roop Kaur
Even as reports of internal bickering in the Punjab Congress over the Punjab Congress Committee's (PPCC) president's post are rife, party's Sangrur district president Roop Kaur Bagrian said it would not affect Congress' prospects in the civic body polls in the state.
"We are fully prepared for the polls and I don't think that internal bickering will affect our performance," Bagria told Hindustan Times.
Speaking about finalsing candidates, she said, "The candidates for Malerkotla and Sangrur municipal committees have already been finalised, while the remaining will be decided in a day or two."
Speaking over an alliance with the Left parties, she said, "The matter is under consideration, and PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will take the final call."
AAP says no to civic polls, ready for Dhuri by-election
After the Aam Aadmi Party ruled out contesting the civic body polls in the state, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann on Monday said "We are not ready for the civic body polls as we need to strengthen our cadres in Punjab. But, we will contest the Dhuri by-election and the party will finalise its candidate after the announcement of poll dates."