Congress ignored sitting Banga MLA Tarlochan Singh Soond and fielded Satnam Kainth.
Jalandhar: The decision of Congress to sideline sitting Banga MLA Tarlochan Singh Soond and allocate ticket to Satnam Singh Kainth has reportedly not gone down well with the Soond supporters.
Soond a senior dalit leader and incharge of Doaba was left high and dry, after the Congress fielded Kainth from Banga (reserve) assembly segment.
Sources maintained that Soond has categorically blamed Chamkaur Sahib MLA and CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi for ensuring that he didn’t get a ticket this time.
Though Soond strongly refuted the allegations, sources maintained that CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi was instrumental in ensuring that Soond didn’t get a ticket from Banga this time. “Channi’s protest against Soond was out in the open during the selection of candidates”, sources added.
Talking to Daily Post, Tarlochan Singh Soond said that welcomed the decision of congress high command. “Whatever decision has been taken by the high command is in the best interest of the congress. I am happy with this decision”, he said.
However, when asked that whether he would be contesting as an independent candidate against CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi from Chamkaur Sahib (reserve) seat, he said, “These were baseless rumours. I have no difference of opinion with anybody in the congress. It is the voters of the constituency, who would decide whom to vote and support.”
It was also learnt that Soond stated that he would support Kainth in Banga (reserve) segment but ensure that Channi loses his seat from Chamkaur Sahib Constituency. Reportedly, Soond group also held a meeting in this regard.
Notably, Satnam Singh Kainth, who hails from Sotran village in Banga tehsil of Nawanshahr district, has successfully represented the Banga seat in the assembly.
Kainth also remained an MP from the then Phillaur (SC) parliamentary seat. But during the previous 2012 assembly election, Kainth was defeated by SAD MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu by a margin of 19,000 votes.
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