Past fights buried, SAD rivals with BJP are back as joint candidates
Jalandhar(Kusum Arora0, December 4) – Despite opposition and remaining at loggerheads with their alliance partner BJP, two SAD councilors from Jalandhar Municipal Corporation (MC) were now back to friendly terms with BJP for the MC elections on December 17. SAD councilors namely Senior Deputy Mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia and Deputy Mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberoi had difference of opinion with BJP’s Mayor Sunil Jyoti during the five year term of the civic body.While Bhatia was vocal against Sunil Jyoti leading to disruption of the MC house meetings repeatedly, Arvinder Kaur Oberoi and her ex-councilor husband Kuldeep Oberoi had not only opened front against their BJP but also joined Aam Admi Party (AAP) ahead of Assembly Elections 2017. However, despite stiff opposition from a section of BJP leaders, the duo managed to maintain their sway and got tickets for the MC Elections.Kamaljit Singh Bhatia’s ward no 45 was declared reserve for women, hence SAD gave the ticket to his wife Jaspal Kaur. On the other hand SAD fielded Arvinder Kaur Oberoi from ward no 51 this time. Earlier she remained a councilor from ward no 29. Recently, SAD Jalandhar Rural president Ajit Singh Kohar brought Arvinder Kaur Oberoi and her husband Kuldeep Oberoi back to party fold. The couple had left the party eyeing ticket from AAP, hence faced stiff opposition from not within the SAD but the BJP rank and file too. Sources in the BJP maintained that they were against SAD giving ticket to Kamaljit Singh Bhatia’s wife Jaspal Kaur. “Who does not know that Bhatia fought a personal war with Sunil Jyoti and put the MC house functioning at stake? Hardly any MC meeting went without his protests against Jyoti, which gave ample fuel to the congress councilors to attack us”, a BJP leader said. Refuting any personal fight with Sunil Jyoti and opposition from BJP on his wife’s ticket, Bhatia said, “My fight was on development issues and corruption in MC Jalandhar, I never had any personal issues with the mayor.As far as my wife’s ticket is concerned, not just SAD but the entire BJP workers have already joined her for campaigning”, he said. Bhatia also claimed that he has been serving his ward since 1997. “As my ward has been declared reserve for women, my wife would win with a big lead with public support and joint show of SAD-BJP”, he added. It is pertinent to mention here that at many occasions the fight between Bhatia and Jyoti reached a compromise only after SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal’s and the then BJP President Kamal Sharma’s intervention.On the other, the Oberoi couple had even written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Mayor Sunil Jyoti, blaming him of corruption in the MC. Even Mayor Sunil Jyoti also did not loose the chance of hitting the Oberoi couple and he had snatched the Dog Compound project of MC from the Oberoi Couple. Further, the Oberoi couple’s decision to join AAP ended up as a political setback, though they were brought back to the SAD fold again. “The Oberoi couple enjoy massive public support, their joining has given a fillip to SAD in the MC”, SAD sources revealed.
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