Even as the SAD-BJP managed to put up a good show in the municipal council and nagar panchayats polls in Doaba, the results have set alarm bells ringing for many SAD MLAs from the region.
In Jalandhar, where the SAD won in 33 wards out of the 45 contested on the party symbol, scales, the party fared badly in Phillaur, Adampur and Nurmahal that fall under the constituencies of MLAs Avinash Chandar, Pawan Tinu and Gurpartap Singh Wadala, respectively.
In Phillaur, the Congress fielded nine candidates out of the total 15 on the party symbol. The party led by Youth Congress chief Vikram Singh managed to win six seats on the party symbol. One seat was won by the PPP in collaboration with the Congress. Here, the SAD failed to field any candidate on the party symbol, but sources said the party while giving support to Independent candidates managed to save face in four wards. The BJP lost all four seats here.
The most embarrassing for the SAD is the win by three rebel SAD candidates – the Karwal brothers. In Adampur, one of the bitterly fought contests between the SAD and rebel SAD candidates also put a question mark over the SAD which contested on five seats and managed only two. Here, the BJP won two of four seats it contested.
In Phillaur and Adampur, the party is likely to face a tough time in claiming the post of council chairman. In Nurmahal, where the party fought under the leadership of Wadala without its symbol, the Congress-supported candidates have won majority of the seats. In Jalandhar district, the BJP could win only nine seats out of 23 fought by it.
In Hoshiapur district, the SAD failed to put up an impressive show at Sham Chaurasi and Urmur Tanda towns falling under SAD MLAs Mohinder Kaur Josh and Surjit Singh Giljian, respectively. In Sham Chaurasi town, the SAD could ensure its win only on two seats out of the six fought on the party symbol from the total nine seats, bringing embarrassment to three-time MLA Josh. At Urmur Tanda, from the seven seats it contested on the party symbol, the party won only three under the leadership of Giljian.
In Nawanshahr, the SAD again had to face a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Congress where the party could win only three seats out of 19. The party was able to save face at Rahon where the party-supported independents won. The BJP won at Banga with a majority of five seats. In Kapurthala, where Congress’ Rana Gurjeet Singh is MLA, the SAD most seats.
Downfall of BSP
Doaba also saw the downfall of the BSP in its Dalit-dominated stronghold. It won only two of the 34 seats it contested in four districts. firstname.lastname@example.org