Sham Churasi MC chief election held amid high drama

  • Harpreet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2015 19:53 IST

Postponed twice earlier, the election for the office-bearers of Sham Churasi municipal council was held amid high drama on Tuesday, with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supporters creating ruckus after BJP staked claim to the post of president with Congress backed Independent councillors.

Sources said the SAD and BJP councillors had heated arguments and the situation could have turned violent had the police not intervened.

BJP's Sham Churasi mandal president Bhagat Ram was elected president while Independent Kuljit Singh was made vice-president.

Mediapersons were not allowed to enter the premises.

Under pressure of local MLA and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Mohinder Kaur Josh, Hoshiarpur sub-divisional magistrate and election convener Anand Sagar Sharma left the venue with the proceedings register before it was signed by the elected members.

The BJP and SAD had won two seats each in the nine-member house and won support of two Independents each.

Other three winners belonged to the Congress though they had contested as Independents. The SAD wanted the BJP to respect coalition dharma but the latter forged an alliance with the Congress-minded councillors. The SAD proposed the name of Kuldip Kaur but she was defeated by Bhagat Ram who polled six votes as compared to four, including one of the local MLA, bagged by the former.

After a long tussle, Bhagat Ram and his supporters were 'evacuated' from the venue by the police and escorted to a rest house in Hoshiarpur where they waited for the SDM to return.

Bhagat Ram alleged that Josh pressured the officials to do her bidding. “Josh snatched the proceedings register and openly threatened the officials. We were kept in confinement for over an hour. We face security threat from the Akali MLA and her men,” said Bhagat Ram.

Josh, however, refuted the charges and said the SDM could tell why he took away the register.

The SDM could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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