Tribune News Service
Ropar, January 7
The SAD today announced candidates for 15 wards in the town. There are 21 wards in the Ropar municipal council. SAD spokesman and former Cabinet minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the names of remaining six candidates would be announced shortly.
In the last elections, SAD’s Paramjit Singh Makkar was elected MC president after the party contested 13 seats and registered victory in nine. Its then ally BJP, which contested remaining eight seats, had won three wards.
This time, the party has fielded several of its former councillors or their relatives. Manjinder Singh Dhanoa and Kulwant Singh, ex-councillors from ward number 6 and 16, respectively, have been fielded again from their wards, while ex-president Paramjit Singh Makkar’s wife has been fielded from ward number 5. Similarly, spouses or relatives of former councillors have been given the ticket from ward numbers 3, 15, 17 and 19.
Cheema said the SAD would repeat its victory in the elections as no development works could be started after the Congress government took over in 2017. He said the state government was bent upon selling land of the Ropar Thermal Plant and had asked residents of the power colony to shift.
Congress trying to rig polls: AAP
- AAP leader and LoP Harpal Singh Cheema on Thursday said CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Congress state chief Sunil Jakhar were planning to rig the MC polls
- “Why does Jakhar interfere in government schemes and policy making? Capt Amarinder should answer as to why leaders rejected by public are involved in government work,” he said
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