Rebellion brews in Doaba, Majha regions

Following the announcement of the Congress list late on Thursday night, revolt is brewing in Doaba and Majha regions. As many as 13 Congress councillors from Jalandhar, including seven sitting MLAs, on Friday declared an open war against Raj Kumar Gupta — the Congress candidate from the Jalandhar Central constituency.

While addressing the media, the councillors gave the party high command two days to change its decision, or else they threatened to nominate Councillor Rajinder Beri as their candidate, who will contest as an Independent.

The 13 councillors of Jalandhar Municipal Corporation also blamed Congress MP from Jalandhar and former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Mohinder Singh Kaypee for not supporting their cause and keeping mum after his wife Suman Kay Pee was given a ticket.

In the 2007 elections, the then sitting MLA Raj Kumar Gupta had defected to the BJP after not getting ticket from Jalandhar Central. He had rejoined the Congress in March, last year.

Those present at the press conference included four-time councillors Jagdish Raja and Rajinder Beri, Kuljeet Singh Bubby, Gurnam Singh Multani, Paramjit Singh Kahlon, Pallavi Swami, Rajesh Jindal, Anil Billa and former councillors Manmohan Singh Raju, S S Billa, Mahinder Singh Gullu and Yogesh Chadha.

Meanwhile, Rajnish Kumar Bubby — son of former Assembly Speaker and finance minister Kewal Krishan — also announced that he will contest as an Independent from Mukerian in Hoshiarpur district.

Similarly, in Pathnakot, former MLA Ashok Sharma resigned from Congress and announced that he too will contest as an Independent.

On the other hand, former MLA Ram Krishan Kataria from Balachaur in Nawanshahr district will either contest as an Independent or on a PPP ticket.

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