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Cong not to field candidates for chairman, vice-chairman posts

The Ludhiana Congress has decided not to field candidates for the elections of chairman and vice-chairman of zila parishad, the dates of which likely to be announced anytime after August 4.
Hindustan Times | By Ravinder Vasudeva, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2013 09:08 PM IST

The Ludhiana Congress has decided not to field candidates for the elections of chairman and vice-chairman of zila parishad, the dates of which likely to be announced anytime after August 4.

Since the Congress could manage to win only three, out of out of total 25, zila parishad seats in the elections that concluded in May; the party seniors could foresee the inevitable defeat, and thus had decided not to field any candidate for the chairmen and vice-chairmen elections.

“In the polls, which was marred by mass use of government machinery and police by the ruling SAD, the Congress candidates somehow managed to win three seats. Thus, with just three seats in our kitty, contesting polls against the SAD (22 seats) will not be wise. Hence, we have decided not to field candidates,” district Congress president (Ludhiana rural) and former MLA Malkiat Singh Dakha told Hindustan Times.

The dates for the elections of zila parishad chairman will be announced following the completion of the elections of chairman and vice-chairman of block samitis on August 4.

However, the Opposition, Congress, has decided not to boycott the polls - keeping its fingers crossed in the hope of a defection in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) file and rank to get the key posts.

The Congress' hope is not baseless, as different factions within the SAD are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that their protégé gets elected to the top posts.

Leading the race for the coveted post are - Harpreet Singh Shivalik, son of SAD MLA from Gill Darshan Singh Shivalik, and Bhag Singh Mangarh, key aide to PWD minister Sharanjeet Dhillon. Reportedly, the Gill MLA is desperate to elevate his son among the party cadre, and if sources are to be believed, Dakha MLA Manpreet Ayali has also extended his support to him.

However, the Dhillon group, on the other hand, has managed to garner support from most of the rural SAD leaders, including Jagraon MLA SR Kaler and Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjeet Singh Atwal.

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