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Moga to have a triangular contest

Posted on Jan 30, 09:44AM | UNI

Moga, Jan 29 : With the refusal of the Sanjha Morcha to withdraw its candidature, a triangular contest appears imminent in the Moga assembly bypoll scheduled for February 23

Main contenders are ruling SAD BJP alliance candiate Joginder Pal Jain, who recently resigned from the Congress and joined SAD on December 26, Congress nominee Vijay Sathi and Sanjha Morcha Candiate Dr Ravinder Singh Dhaliwal

Jain as Congress candidate defeated Paramdeep Singh Gill, former DGP who contested as SAD candidate, by 4,625 votes in the February 2012 polling. Dr Dhaliwal, as PPP candidate, secured 9,910 votes

Attention has shifted from the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management elections to Moga where bypoll has been necessitated after two-time Congress MLA Joginderpal Jain recently resigned and joined the SAD after quiting the assembly seat

Meanwhile, Sanjha Morcha at its meeting held here last evening decided not to withdraw its candidate Dr Dhaliwal from the bypoll at any cost saying the question did not arise

Also present at the meeting wereas attended among others by Manpreet Singh Badal president PPP, Bant Singh Brar, Secretary, CPI Punjab, Dr Joginder Dayal, member, CP National Council and others. The meeting was presided over by Surjit Singh Barnala former Chief Minister Punjab and former Governor Tamil Nadu

Announcing this today, Mr Manpreet Singh Badal made it clear that Sanjha Morcha had not received any request from any Congress leaders and nor could accede to such request

He claimed that the Sanjha Morcha would be able to provide best alternative to the people of the state as well as political stability saying both Congress and BJP had completely failed to provide good governance and corruption-free administration as promised in their election mainifestos

He was highly critical of Jain's desertion of the electorate which had resulted in the bypoll as also the rulling alliance which had pushed the state into bankruptcy as payments worth crores of rupees were pending