Amritsar:Owing to switching of loyalty by the sitting Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Amritsar (south) segment, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, to the Congress last year, this segment is expected to witness a hot contest.
Although the name of Manjinder Singh Palasaur is reported to be on the top of SAD probables. Now at a daggers’ drawn with the former on the issue of dumping site at Bhagtan wala in the holy city became a bone of contention.
The segment that came into existence in 1967, stole the limelight during the general assembly elections of 2002 when Inderbir Bolaria’s father, Raminder Singh Bolaria, a congress activist, was denied party ticket from this segment and he opted to contest as an independent from here. He lost the battle of ballot to the Congress nominee, Harjinder Singh Thakedar.
Disgruntled Raminder, after one year, parted ways with Congress and preferred to become SAD activist. He then contested the 2007 assembly election from here as SAD nominee and defeated Thakedar, of the Congress nominee. Raminder died in 2008 and his son, Inderbir successfully contested the by-poll on SAD symbol. That time the by-poll stole the show because the then chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, himself camped in the area to ensure Inderbir’s victory.
With the passage of time Inderbir drew closer to Sukhbir and the former contested the assembly elections of 2012 again on SAD symbol and got elected. But the matter of shifting of dump from Bhagtanwala site to some other place in the holy city created a wedge between junior Bolaria and the SAD chief. Bolaria will now contest as Congress nominee from his home
AAP has already declared its candidate Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar to contest from this segment who, too, enjoys a remarkable clout in the area. Nijjar, a hotelier, is also reported to be nursing this segment since the past two years as he had been assured by AAP’s top brass that his name will be preferred in comparison to others.
The segment appears to be heading for a triangular contest this time. Hence, for Bolaria, the situation this time would be critical who has earned junior Badal’s wrath.