If seat-swap fails, SAD may field Tinu from Ja­land­har

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Punjab/haryana - Param­preet Singh Narula param­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

JA­LAND­HAR: With the Congress aspi­rants mak­ing a bee­line for getting ticket from Ja­land­har Lok Sabha (re­served) seat, the Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD), which is strug­gling to find a suit­able can­di­date from the con­stituency, is most likely to field Adampur MLA Pawan Ku­mar Tinu to con­test elec­tions in case the ‘seatswap­ping’ with its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not ma­te­ri­alise.

The SAD, for which Ja­land­har seat re­mained a daunt­ing task to win, has been push­ing its ally BJP to swap the seat with neigh­bour­ing Hoshiarpur (SC), which is rep­re­sented by Union min­is­ter of so­cial jus­tice and em­pow­er­ment and BJP’S MP Vi­jay Sam­pla.

The Ja­land­har seat has been Congress citadel for the past four con­sec­u­tive polls. Although SAD owns two Dalit sit­ting MLAS– Pawan Tinu from Adampur and Baldev Khaira from Phillaur, ob­serv­ing past records have been show­ing an un­will­ing­ness to take on the fight, the se­nior leader from the SAD said that they have been push­ing Tinu to con­test the elec­tions again.

In 2014 polls, SAD can­di­date and Adampur MLA Pawan Tinu had lost the seat by a mar­gin of over 70,000 votes in spite of the fact that all the nine as­sem­bly seg­ments fall­ing un­der the Lok Sabha seg­ment had SAD-BJP MLAS and were all pow­er­ful be­cause of their al­liance state govern­ment.

SAD has also an op­tion to field for­mer deputy speaker in Lok Sabha and for­mer speaker in Pun­jab Vid­han Sabha, Cha­ran­jit Singh At­wal, who en­joys a good rep­u­ta­tion among Dal­its of Doaba.

“How­ever, we are in talks for seat-swap­ping and look­ing for­ward to a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the BJP, and in case it hap­pens, the party is con­sid­er­ing Tinu as its first pref­er­ence from Ja­land­har seat,” a se­nior SAD leader said. He said in case the BJP agrees for the seat swap­ping, it will ben­e­fit both the par­ties as Sam­pla has been fac­ing anti an­ti­in­cum­bency from Hoshiarpur, while if he con­tested from Ja­land­har, he could get the ben­e­fit of ur­ban vot­ers.

How­ever, there are voices within the saf­fron party that win­ning Ja­land­har seat will not be a cake­walk for Sam­pla ei­ther. For­mer min­is­ter Bikram Singh Ma­jithia, who is the in-charge of the party for Ja­land­har dis­trict said, they will de­cide the can­di­date soon af­ter talks with the BJP whether the swap is hap­pen­ing or not.

When asked Ma­jithia about con­test­ing Tinu from Ja­land­har seat, Ma­jithia said that as of now both Tinu and At­wal are strong con­tenders and are un­der the con­sid­er­a­tion but the fi­nal call will be taken by the party high com­mand af­ter tak­ing feed­back.

How­ever, Tinu said that he is a guard of the SAD party and will fol­low the party’s de­ci­sion.

Pawan Ku­mar Tinu

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