Mansa, January 14
Mansa MLA Nazar Singh Manshahia has raised a banner of revolt by opposing singer Sidhu Moosewala candidature from the Assembly segment.
Sidhu reaches out to Gagowal’s grandson
In a bid to resolve the infighting in the Mansa segment, Pradesh Congress Committee president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday reached out to Moosewala and former minister Sher Singh Gagowal’s grandson Michael Gagowal, who is also seeking a ticket from Mansa
Manshahia has written to senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saying the Congress would lose the seat if an “outsider” was given the ticket.
In the 2017 elections, Manshahia had won on AAP ticket, but ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, he joined Congress.
“My family is a traditional supporter of the Congress and I am a better claimant for the seat. I have had a long association with veteran Congress leader and Cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa. In the last elections, I contested on the AAP ticket and managed to win with a huge margin due to the support of the Congress,” he claimed.
He said after Moosewala’s induction into the party, the state leadership had been presenting him as the nominee from here.
Apart from Manshahia, former minister Sher Singh Gagowal family and Youth Congress district president Chuspinder Singh Chahal are opposing Moosewala’s candidature from Mansa.
Meanwhile, in a bid to resolve the infighting in the Mansa segment, PCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu today reached out to Moosewala and former minister Sher Singh Gagowal’s grandson Michael Gagowal, who is seeking a ticket from Mansa.
It is learnt the meeting failed to bear fruit as Gagowal asserted they be given the ticket, as in the 2017 polls they were ignored by the party. In the past, the Gagowal family had threatened to contest as Independent if the ticket was given to an outsider.
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