Ferozepur: Congress that has won Balluana constituency so many times, is looking hard to decide about its candidate this time around.
As its previous star politicians have switched over to other parties leaving the party in lurch, the party has to search for such a face which could be popular among the voters as well as easily acceptable in the workers.
Balluana is a reserved constituency that falls in the district Fazilka.
SAD won this seat twice in a row in 2007 and 2012, when the SAD candidate Gurtej Singh Ghudiana won this seat.
In 2007, Ghudiana defeated Parkash Singh Bhatti of Congress, while in 2012 too, Ghudiana once again won this seat from Congress defeating new face Giriaj Rajoana as well as Parkash Singh Bhatti, who had been denied the party ticket and contested as an independent candidate.
Tragedy of this area is that in the coming elections of 2017, once again there are two old faces who were previously Congressmen, namely Parkash Singh Bhatti and Giriraj Rajoana in the fray, but both have changed their previous parties and joined new parties.
Parkash Singh Bhatti had joined SAD later on and had been given ticket from SAD and Rajoana joined the AAP and got the party ticket from AAP. Gurtej Singh Ghudiana has been dropped by the SAD.
Now Congress has a very tough job to challenge its old horses who are very familiar to the culture of Congress as well as the Congress workers of the constituency. Though more than dozen aspirants have applied for the ticket from this constituency, yet the party has so far not placed its trust in new faces that are not so familiar with the area and give a challenge to the old horses.
According to sources, Congress has been waiting for the code of conduct, as there was a probability of some old horse of SAD joining the Congress, who it may declare its candidate.
The party has also been thinking of fielding a Rai Sikh candidate from the Balluana constituency to get maximum support of the community from all over the state.
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