By Pardeep Luthra, Gurdaspur Dec 30:- The future of three MLAs including the two cabinet ministers of rulling shiromani akali dal ,who belongs to the border district Gurdaspur ,was still hanged in the air as SAD yet to decide their candidature.
They were Education and Languages minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan, NRI affairs minister captain Balbir Singh Bath and sitting MLA Qadian Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal.
It is worth mentioning that district Gurdaspur has 7 assembly segments which including Dera Baba Nanak, Fatehgarh Churian, Batala, Qadian, Sri Hargobindpur (Reserve ), Gurdaspur and Dina Nagar(Reserve) and rulling Shiromani Akali Dal had announced Agriculture minister Sucha Singh from Dera Baba Nanak, Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speekar Nirmal Singh Kahlon from Fatehgarh Churian and Gurbachan Singh Babbehali from Gurdaspur assembly constituency on December 23 repectively. The remaining Dina Nagar assembly constituency left for its allies Bhartiya Janta Party which has also yet to decide its candidate.
Another Batala assembly constituency which used left for Bhartiya Janta Party earlier, was bartered by shiromani akali dal this time.The rulling shiromani akali dal was also unable to announce its candidate from Batala assembly constituency.
According the sources, the education and languages minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan wanted to contest the election from Batala assembly constituency as the mostly area of his traditional Kahnuwan assembly has been merged in the Batala assembly constituency after the delimitation move and Kahnuwan assembly constituency was demolished this time.
On the otherhand Hargobindpur assembly constituency which continuously won by NRI affairs minister Captain Balbir Singh Bath in 1997,2002 and 2007 assembly elections was also kept reserved for scheduled caste. The Chief Parliamentary Secretary Desh Raj Dhugga,who belongs to Gardhiwal(Hoshiarpur district) was intend to contest election from Sri Hargobindpur (Reserve) constituency as his assembly kept for general caste.
Till now, all three sitting MLAs like Sekhwan, Capt. Bath and Lodhinangal intend to contest election from remaining Qadian assembly constituency.