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‘Mazhabi Sikh, Balmiki communities ignored in Cong ticket allocation’


‘Mazhabi Sikh, Balmiki communities ignored in Cong ticket allocation’

Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, April 6

The division among Punjab Congress leaders on caste lines has sharpened further after the announcement of three more candidates for the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday.

The leaders belonging to Mazhabi Sikh and Balmiki communities have accused the party of ignoring them and taking care of only Ramdasia community.

“There are four reserved seats in Punjab — Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Faridkot. But the Punjab Congress has not given even a single seat to Mazhabi Sikh and Balmiki community despite the fact that of the 32 per cent Scheduled Caste population in state, 20 per cent are from these two communities,” said Poonam Kangra, who had applied for Congress ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib.

She is state general secretary of Punjab Youth Congress and women wing, besides a member of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee.

“Around 40 candidates from both Mazhabi Sikh and Balmiki communities had applied from the four seats, but the party has not found even a single eligible candidate. If Congress really wants the welfare of our community, we are even ready to contest from general seats because we do not want to change any SC candidate from any other seat,” she said.

After the announcement of candidates today, Poonam Kangra also presided over a meeting of the community members at Sangrur and decided to take up the matter with party president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders in New Delhi.

“Dr Amar Singh lost last assembly election from Raikot and now party has given him Fatehgarh Sahib ticket. What is his contribution? Party leaders are surprised over his nomination. I and my supporters would oppose him,” she said.

Dalit Welfare Sangthan Punjab president Darshan Singh Kangra and other leaders of the Sangthan alleged that some leaders of Punjab are misguiding their seniors and it’s injustice with their community.

“We do not have a minister from our community and now Congress has insulted us further. Next week, we have called a state-level meeting at Sangrur and will announce our future course of action,” said Darshan Kangra. 

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar did not attend calls on his mobile phone for a comment.

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