The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party have started campaigning with whirlwind tours of all the 50 wards of the municipal corporation to woo voters, but the Congress is still waiting for the party high command's nod to select its candidates.
Under the seat-sharing formula, the SAD will contest on 33 seats and BJP on 17. The BJP announced its candidates on Monday while the SAD declared its candidates on Tuesday evening.
According to the SAD list, Akshit Jain, son of MLA Joginder Pal Jain and Gurminderjit Singh Bablu, private assistant of Tota Singh, will be candidates from ward numbers 35 and 38 respectively. The other candidates are
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Punjab irrigation minister, who is also party in-charge for the Moga municipal corporation election, said that there were no differences between the local Akali leadership on the issue of tickets. "We have announced the 33 candidates belonging to all local Akali groups," said Dhillon.
Earlier, SAD high command was facing serious trouble as agriculture minister Tota Singh, MLA Jain were at loggerheads over the issue to tickets to their supporters.
Reliable sources revealed that after the order of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the party in-charge has fully accommodated Tota Singh in ticket distribution for the municipal corporation.
Interestingly, when Sharanjit Singh Dhillon issued the list of party candidates, Tota Singh was not present. However, MLA Jain, MLA Maheshinder Singh, Barjinder Singh Brar, chairman of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation, and district SAD president Teerath Singh Mahala were present on the occasion.
The Congress has not issued any list of party candidates, but, Dr Harjot Kamal, secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee claimed that probable candidates have filled nomination papers from 24 wards.
"Our party in-charge Anil Datta has gone to the party high command for getting approval of the recommended list of candidates. I hope our candidates will submit their nomination papers by Wednesday evening," said the Congress leader.
Additional deputy commissioner Arvinder Pal Singh said that 51 candidates filed their nomination papers on Tuesday.