SAD, BJP out to woo Independents in Batala

  • Vishal Sally, Hindustan Times, Batala
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2015 23:18 IST

A day after the SAD claimed to have the support of an Independent, raising their number to 15, the BJP too trying to bring back the three dissidents, who emerged victorious in the civic polls, back into the party fold.

Sources with the BJP said with a intention to form a committee, local party leaders were leaving no stone unturned to lure the three rebels and former BJP councillors — Dharamveer Seth, Raj Kumar Kali and Sukhdev Mahajan. Besides these three, the BJP is also trying to garner the support of six other Independents to keep the Akalis at bay.

It is learnt that former district BJP president and councillor Naresh Mahajan was deputed by the party to convince the rebels, and a meeting between them had already taken place, during which the trio pledged their support to the BJP.

As per information, during a meeting with district BJP president Suresh Bhatia, all 11 BJP councillors unanimously decided to form the committee with the support of Independents.

Taking to mediapersons, Bhatia claimed that they were in touch with the three BJP dissidents, who were “willing to return to the party”. Bhatia said some other Independents were also contacting him, and after taking an approval of the high command, they would form the committee.

Regarding the candidature of the council president, he said the decision would be taken by the party high command and all councillors would abide by it.

Meanwhile at a press conference, SAD councillors led by Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal too claimed to have the support of three Independents — Tehalpreet Singh from Ward 2, Bikramjeet Singh from Ward 3 and Dilbag Singh from Ward 14.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Lodhinagal claimed that the three Independents had extended their unconditional support to the SAD. Apart from them, an Independent candidate from Ward 15, Dharamveer Seth, was joining the SAD on Saturday, claimed Lodhinagal, adding that they would form the committee.

Total wards 35

SAD 14

BJP 11

*Independents 10

*An Independent from Ward 25, Pankaj Kumar, has already joined the SAD.

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