Jalandhar: The Election Commission Friday
cancelled the nomination papers of Raj Kumar Gupta and declared Rajinder Beri as the Congress candidate from the Jalandhar Assembly segment.
Beri will lock horns with Manorajan Kalia of BJP for this
prestigious seat of Punjab.
Returning Officer (RO) Iqbal Sandhu told PTI, "Both Gupta
and Beri had filed their nomination paper from the seat as
"On basis of a letter from Congress state president which
confirmed Beri as the party candidate, the EC cancelled
According to the RO, the nomination of seven candidates
have been cancelled from the assembly seat. "This leaves 12
candidates in race for the Jalandhar Central seat," he added.
A former BJP member, Gupta had recently switched his
loyalties to the Congress. In 2002, Gupta had defeated BJP candidate Manoranjan Kalia, but he was denied party ticket in 2007. Following which, Gupta turned rebel and joined BJP.
Initially, Gupta was announced as Congress candidate from
Jalandhar (Central) seat, but following the large scale
protest within the party, he was replaced by Beri.
In self defence, Gupta said he was not aware of the party
high command decision when he had filed the nomination paper.
However, district Congress president Arun Walia maintained that Gupta was well aware about Beri`s candidature.