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LS elections: BJP may go solo, declare candidates soon

LS elections: BJP may go solo, declare candidates soon


Tribune News Service

Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, February 29

The Lok Sabha elections may well be announced anytime soon with the Election Commission of India expected to unveil the schedule for the same after March 13. However, the election scene has already started heating up here as prominent names from various political parties have started mingling with the masses to garner support.

The BJP this time is emerging as a single (solo) party and there has been no indication of an alliance with anyone as of now. Prominent BJP leaders maintain that the party has given an indication to contest on all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.

The names that are doing rounds in BJP circles include Jiwan Gupta, Parvin Bansal, Anil Sarin, Gurdev Sharma Debi, Advocate Bikram Sidhu and Parminder Brar. It is also believed that the BJP may declare the names (its first list of about 100) even before the declaration of election dates.

One of the BJP leaders, however, said: “Some of the candidates are self-styled, who have started preparations in the belief that they will get the ticket. There are others who are committed to the party, waiting for the final verdict, well attached to the RSS too. We are sure that there will be no alliance with any party this time. The party’s decision will be welcomed by all.”

It may be mentioned here that the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency has a total of nine Assembly seats - Ludhiana East, Ludhiana West, Ludhiana North, Ludhiana South, Ludhiana Central, Atam Nagar, Jagraon, Gill and Dakha. The remaining parts of the Ludhiana district, including Samrala, Raikot, Payal, Khanna and Sahnewal, come under Fatehgarh Sahib. As per rough estimates, conducted by leaders of political parties, there are about 17,60,000 votes in total - 14,66,000 urban and 2,94,000 rural.

Some of these aspiring candidates were regularly in touch with the masses all these years, while a few have emerged just before the election time. The urban population knows the pulse well and plays smart. A trader said: “Winning or losing is part of elections, but accessibility of the person matters. The leaders who popped up suddenly certainly cannot replace those who extended all support whenever needed.”

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