SAD-BJP wooing Independents for Sanaur MC top post

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2015 14:19 IST

After contesting against its alliance partner the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the recently-concluded election for the Sanaur municipal council, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now eyeing the post of president.

Of the total 15 seats, the SAD got six and the BJP five, while there are four Independents, who hold the key to the council formation.

The BJP, however, is claiming to have support of two of the four Independents, while one Independent is backed by the Congress, who is keeping the alliance partners guessing, and has potential to derail their quest to the president’s post.

Meanwhile, the strife among the SAD leadership is also helping the saffron party in this entire game. The Akalis are divided into two factions led by halqa in-charge Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu and his opponent Youth Akali Dal district president Harmeet Singh Pathanmajra.

Both Pathanmajra and Sandhu on Friday rushed to Delhi to meet Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Sandhu is lobbying for Inder Kumar Chindi, who has served as the chairman of the Sanaur council, for the chairmanship, whereas Pathanmajra is totally against the re-appointment of the former MC chairman.

Taking advantage of the tussle between Pathanmajra and Sandhu, the BJP is actively pushing its candidate for the president’s post.

The rift between the two SAD leaders is wide open, which has provided the BJP a ground to bat for its candidate Bharat Goyal.

Meanwhile, the saffron party on Saturday protested against former MC chairman Chindi, who is one of the contenders for the president’s post and is backed by Sandhu.

Pathanmajra also objected to the naming of Chindi for the top post, stating that he failed to deliver during his last stint. He, however, said he did not have any objection to any other candidate for the post.

Pathanmajra alleged that Congress leader Lal Singh had played a trick with his own party by not fielding a candidate from Sanaur so that Tejinderpal Sandhu could win easily and finish the scope of any other strong contender for the post. He claimed that he had the support of all winning SAD candidates.

On the other hand, denying a rift in the party, Sandhu said the decision regarding the president’s candidature would be taken by the party high command. He said during a meeting with the party president, he had put forward the local leaders’ concern.

Amid the entire controversy, the BJP on Saturday announced that it would contest for the MC president’s post.

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