BJP demands 64 seats out of 80 in Jalandhar, SAD differs
Jalandhar – Claiming a fair share for being the urban face of the party, the BJP leaders in Jalandhar have started raising the demand for maximum seats against the hold of SAD in the ensuing Municipal Corporation (MC) elections. The civic body polls were expected to be held in the month of December. While BJP has raised the chorus for 64 seats out of the total 80 in the Jalandhar civic body polls, SAD leadership preferred to keep mum and differed on this viewpoint. The total number of wards has increased from 60 to 80 after delimitation of wards.BJP district Ramesh Sharma led a party meeting in the presence of former mayor Sunil Jyoti and said that the party should get 64 seats in the upcoming MC polls. “We have conveyed our sentiments to Union Minister of State and BJP Punjab chief Vijay Sampla in writing. The BJP ex-councilors have joined hands to ensure a fair representation in the polls”, he said. Sharma said, “During the previous MC elections ie 2012 to 2017, our candidates contested on 22 seats while SAD grabbed rest of the seats out of total 60 wards. It is a unanimous decision that BJP has a far wider approach in the urban areas, hence maximum seats should fall in our kitty this time”, he said. “Now, party president Vijay Sampla would raise the demand with SAD President and ex-Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and reach a consensus”, Ramesh Sharma added. The BJP leaders were of the view that BJP was an urban party, SAD has a better grip in the rural belts of the state. They also said that currently SAD has no urban president in Jalandhar, which was major hurdle in conveying their demands to the Akali leadership. Notably, SAD leader Gurcharan Singh Channi has resigned from the post of district urban president during the 2017 assembly elections over differences with party’s Jalandhar Cantonment candidate Sarabjit Singh Makkar. SAD Spokesman and two time Adampur MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu said though he was not aware of BJP’s demand for maximum seats, a final call in this regard would be taken by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.“It is a coalition of SAD-BJP and any decision about seat sharing in the upcoming MC elections for all the civic bodies would be taken accordingly”, he said. Tinu Said that as far as BJP’s claim of being an urban party, it was for the SAD senior leadership to announce the seat sharing. “We have been contesting all elections jointly and the upcoming civic body polls would fought together with a consensus on seats”, he added. Interestingly both SAD-BJP lost miserably in 2017 assembly elections. While BJP could not even open its account, SAD won four assembly seats out of the total nine seats in Jalandhar. Five seats were won by congress, which included urban and rural seats.
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