Congress, SAD, BJP face revolt on majority of seats in Punjab
By Satinder Bains/Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: The wide spread revolt in Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and BJP against allotment of party tickets to turncoats and outsiders has emerged a dominant factor in the Punjab elections. Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) too faced rebellion on some of the seats but it has emerged out of it due to early allotment of tickets.
Punjab would go to poll on February 4, 2017 to elect 117 members Vidhan Sabha. Congress has fielded 116 candidates with PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh contesting from two seats of Patiala and Lambi. SAD is contesting all the 117 seats and AAP has fielded 111 candidates and 6 seats were left to Punjab Insaaf Party of Bains brothers.
The late allotment of tickets by Congress, SAD and BJP might prove costly to these parties. The announcement of many controversial seats where party leaders and turncoats were putting up claim was withheld till last day of nominations. The Congress has released its last list on January 16 and SAD on January 17 while January 18 is last date of filing nominations.
According to reports Congress party has highest number of rebels with stiff opposition of official candidates as many as on 48 seats. The SAD faces revolt on 25 seats and BJP on six seats. CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi had also threatened to resign for allotting Ropar ticket to an outsider Barinder Singh Dhillon. DCC Ropar leaders have decided not to support Dhillon.
The Congress has given tickets to six turncoats from SAD and one from BJP. Those got ticket included Raminder Singh Bularia (Amritsar Douth), Davinder Singh Ghubaya(Fazilka), Rajinder Kaur Bhagike(Nihal Singh wala), Pargat Singh Jalandhar Cantt and Dipinder Singh Dhillon. A former Akali leader Kamaljit Singh Karwal who also remained in the camp of Bains Brothers, has been fielded from Atam Nagar Luhdiana. Navjot Singh Sidhu who switched over from BJP has also been given Congress ticket.
SAD has given two leaders of Congress Surinderpal Singh Sibia (Barnala) and Amit Rattan from Bathinda. AAP has accommodated Sukhpal Khaira from Bhoolath, Aman Arora from Sunam, Sarabjit Kaur wife of Cap Kanwaljit Singh, Satinder Nangal from Phagwara and also given Lok Sabha ticket to former SAD leader Upkar Singh Sandhu from Amritsar Lok Sabha. AAP faced revolt at some seats like Anandpur Sahib, Sunam, Ropar, Sahnewal, Amloh, Phillaur Ferozepur and Jagraon but things have settled in due course of time.
BJP has been facing infighting over allotment of tickets to an extent that state BJP chief Vijay Sampla had offered to resign. Sampla opposed tickets to Som Parkash from Phagwara and son of Mohinder BhagatrChuni Lal Bhagat from Jalandhar west. Party high command, however gave them tickets. The BJP minister Madan Mohan Mittal who is denied ticket this time is also up in arms and served an ultimatum to the party to change the ticket of Dr.Parminder Sharma.