Valmiki/Mazhabi Sikh community to oppose Cong
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 07, 2012, 23:21
Phagwara: Irked over alleged denial of tickets by the Congress to prominent leaders of Valmiki and Mazhabi Sikhs, representatives of the community on Saturday announced they will oppose the party's candidates in the January 30 state Assembly polls.

The decision was taken at a meeting of various organisations of the community including All India Rangretta Dal, Bharatiya Valmiki Adidharam Samaj, and International Mazhabi Sikh Jagriti Dal here.

The leaders alleged that the community had been sidelined in ticket allocation though it had always stood by the Congress.

"First, eminent leader of community Buta Singh, former Union Minister, was denied ticket in Lok Sabha polls and now Joginder Singh Mann, a three-time MLA and a former Punjab Minister, has been denied ticket from Phagwara for the assembly polls," they pointed out.

They claimed that the community constituted more than 50 per cent of the total Scheduled Caste population in the state and thus deserved to be allocated 17 out of the 34 reserved seats.

"However, the community has only been allocated six seats," they rued. Vowing to defeat Congress at the hustings, the leaders declared that community cluster groups would propagate against the party candidates in all 117 assembly constituencies.

Meanwhile, voices of rebellion have started emerging from Ferozepur (Urban) assembly segment where former Parliamentary Secretary Ravinder Singh Sandhu ( Babbal) has joined those disgruntled Congress leaders who have revolted against the party over denial of ticket for the upcoming Assembly elections.

While addressing his supporters who had converged at his native village Ratta Khera in Ferozepur, Babbal said that keeping in view the sentiments of the people who want him to contest the elections at all costs; he has decided to jump into the poll arena as an Independent candidate.

Without taking any names, Babbal said that he has consulted all the senior party colleagues of this area who have pledged support to him.

Several congress leaders including Former Minister Balmukand Sharma and former President Punjab Youth Congress Raminder Awla, were keen to secure party nomination from this segment, however following allotment of ticket to Pinki, there is resentment prevailing amidst all these leaders, some of whom might end up supporting Babbal Sandhu, a disgruntled leader here said.


First Published: Saturday, January 07, 2012, 23:21

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