Phagwara, Sep 23: Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal (IAS) posted as Director Land Records Jalandhar has resigned from the service.
Confirming the news, Dhaliwal said he has sent his resignation to Chief Secretary Punjab and Principal Secretary Personnel Punjab. The resignation indicates that Dhaliwal will be an official Congress candidate for by-election and now Phagwara by-election could face a triangular contest among Congress, SAD-BJP and Lok Insaaf Party as LIP has also decided to contest from Phagwara.
The candidate of LIP could be announced probably tomorrow who could be LIP Leader Jarnail Nangal . It was observed that Jarnail Nangal of Lok Insaaf Party got 32,374 in last assembly elections while the winner BJP Candidate Som Parkash got 45,479 votes, and the congress candidate Joginder Singh Maan who lost the seat could get 43,470 votes.
It was being observed that with the announcement of by-elections to four seats in Punjab, the political scene in the Phagwara Assembly constituency is changing rapidly. In recent developments though, Tarlochan Soondh (Congress) and Rajesh Bagha (BJP), former chairman of the SC Commission, have also emerged as contenders for the rival parties, but now Former Union Minister Santosh Chaudhary has sought Congress ticket either for herself or for her daughter Namita Chaudhary.
Ms Chaudhary was denied Congress ticket for the last Lok Sabha elections which was allotted to Raj Kumar Chabbewal who lost the Parliament election.
Meanwhile hailing from Phagwara, Soondh is the son of late former minister Ch Jagat Ram who was assassinated during terrorism days. Soondh, who has remained party MLA from Banga, was Congress’ Doaba in-charge when Rahul Gandhi visited the area a few years ago.
However, senior IAS officer Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal and former minister Joginder Singh Maan are also in the running for the Congress ticket. Sources said Dhaliwal seemed to be leading the race with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh learnt to have given a green signal to his name.
Similarly, in the BJP too there are many aspirants for the ticket. After reports emerged of there being a tug of war between Union minister Som Parkash and former Union MoS Vijay Sampla, who both are seeking the ticket for their relatives, it has come to light that the saffron party might consider Rajesh Bagha as its candidate. Sources said that BJP High Command could take a decision in favour of Bagha too to prevent conflict between Sampla and Som Parkash. Political Sources said in triangular contest the balance of victory between Congress and BJP would remain in the hands of LIP candidate. (UNI)