With Municipal Corporation (MC) elections round the corner, ticket aspirants of several political parties have pull up their socks to present themselves as strong contenders. A large number of hoardings and posters can be seen in city wherein leaders claim themselves as candidates of their respective parties for the MC elections. Besides, the use of social networking sites for campaigning is also rampant.
Congress leaders are seen quite enthusiastic, but the members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appear to be reluctant for such campaigns as no such effort is being taken up by them.
Meanwhile, old Congress workers don’t want to leave the tickets for the supporters of the new Congress leaders, such as Navjot Singh Sidhu and Inderbir Singh Bolaria. “Those who joined the party just before the Assembly elections, along with the senior leaders, should not be considered for tickets. They enjoyed the incumbency for 10 years during the SAD-BJP regime. Now, they have joined Congress and seeking tickets to become councillors. Only loyal activists should be considered for allocation of tickets,” said a Congress leader, requesting anonymity.
Meanwhile, several senior Congress leaders, who failed to get ticket for the Assembly elections, are now vying for the mayor’s position. Leaders expect that Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu hold the key to the ticket allotment and mayorship, so they have not forgotten to give space to the pictures of Sidhu on their hoardings.
Rajkawalpreet Singh Lucky, Leader of Opposition in MC House, said, “Every person, who is member of the Congress committee, can claim ticket for civic polls. There’s nothing wrong if several persons are seeking tickets as they have the right to do so. The party high command will take the decision on ticket allotment.”