Apart from the MLAs, sitting Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary was seeking ticket for a second time from Jalandhar.
Among the race of Ravidassia leaders from Doaba was Joginder Singh Mann, a prominent Valmiki leader who applied for a ticket from Hoshiarpur and Faridkot constituencies
MLA Sushil Rinku from Jalandhar West constituency said that the party leadership wanted him to apply from Jalandhar. “All party leaders have given their feedback and I am waiting for the result,” he said
With as many as three sitting MLAs having applied for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from the two reserve parliamentary seats of dalit dominated– Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur constituencies, it seems that the Congress was all set to ‘bet’ on its winning horses this time. While Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku applied from Jalandhar parliamentary seat, two MLAs namely Raj Kumar Chabbewal from Chabbewal assembly segment and Pawan Kumar Adia from Sham Chaurasi constituency have applied for ticket from Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat. Apart from the MLAs, sitting Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary was seeking ticket for a second time from Jalandhar. Congress leadership was also considering the fact that Chaudhary had won win a margin of over 70,000 votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Even ex-Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee, who lost 2014 parliamentary elections from Hoshiarpur seat has also staked claim from Jalandhar seat again. Though Kaypee remained active in Hoshiarpur but he applied for a ticket from Jalandhar only. “Congress high command asked me to contest from Hoshiarpur parliamentary seat and I had to agree. But, I belong to Jalandhar and this was my first and last preference”, he said. Party sources said that the congress was even willing to go in for by-elections, in case the sitting MLAs won from these seats. “During the 2017 assembly elections, both Ravidassia and the Valmiki community supported the congress and the party was banking on this sentiment.
Besides, the congress feels that PM Modi led BJP government has lost its sheen and they have a chance of a possible comeback”, sources said. Interestingly, while the congress was facing the p r o b l e m of plenty from both the seats, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was yet to find a name for Jalandhar seat. On the other hand, the BJP, despite zeroing in on other names was likely to field sitting MP and Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla from Hoshiarpur. MLA Sushil Rinku from Jalandhar West constituency said that the party leadership wanted him to apply from Jalandhar. “All party leaders have given their feedback and I am waiting for the result”, he said. Even Rinku’s supporters were also of the view that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was eyeing a young team in parliament. “Rinku stands a good chance, as he is the rising face of Dalit politics in doaba now. Chaudhary Santokh failed to deliver anything in last five years. Even, Ganna village which he adopted under Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojna was lacking in development”, they said. Similarly, ex- Akali turned congress leader Sarwan Singh Phillaur has applied from both Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur seat. “I have been a six time MLA and a known face of dalit politics in doaba. During 2017 assembly polls, I was not given any ticket but this time I have applied from both the seats, though Jalandhar was my first choice”, he said. Apart from these leaders, ex- Hoshiarpur MP Santosh Chaudhary and her daughter Namita Chaudhary has also applied from ticket from their home turf. “Not just me, but my entire family has nurtured Hoshiarpur seat for the past decades. I was denied ticket last time. However, I feel that considering my contribution and merit, I would get ticket again”, she said. Among the race of Ravidassia leaders from doaba was Joginder Singh Mann, a prominent Valmiki leader who applied for a ticket from Hoshiarpur and Faridkot constituencies.
As per 2011 census, doaba region has over 38 percent dalits in doaba belt which was the largest population in the country. Both Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur seats were ruled by Ravidassias followed by the Valmiki community. “Whether it was congress, the SAD or the BJP, the first preference of the leaders was to field Ravidassia candidate. In 2009 Lok Sabha polls, SAD had fielded sufi singer Hans Raj Hans and lost it to congress leader Mohinder Singh Kaypee”, leaders said
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