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By-poll to be held on Phagwara Assembly constituency in October

Phagwara, Aug 17 (UNI) As after electing Phagwara MLA Som Parkash (BJP) as MP and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, now the Phagwara Assembly constituency is going to see by-election to elect new MLA for Phagwara in the month of October.

The Congress and the BJP could be witnessed suffering from factionalism even after Lok Sabha polls. Neither the Congress could learn any lesson after getting defeat in Lok Sabha elections nor BJP could maintain its victory in Phagwara.

Though Former Union Minister Vijay Sampla despite his assurances to work for the unity in the BJP is not seemed to be interests to get the party ticket for his relatives including his son and nephew , but his strong supporter BJP Councillor Om Parkash Bittu is an active aspirant for BJP ticket.

Another senior BJP leader Rajesh Bagha is also an aspirant for the BJP ticket. Som Parkash is taking interest to get the BJP ticket for his wife Anita Som Parkash.

In Congress, despite the instructions and advice of the PPCC High Command and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to the party leaders to maintain unity to strengthen the party in the state factionalism and the tug- of-war between Phagwara Congress leaders still continue. Former minister Joginder Singh Maan who had faced defeat twice is also making efforts to get the ticket. Balbir Rani Sodhi, vice-president, Punjab Mahila Congress is also being seen as the main contender for the ticket.

The Party High Command could also consider IAS officer Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal for the congress candidate in by elections.
Chaudhary Mohan Lal, son of Former BJP Minister Swarana Ram, who remained SAD MLA from Banga and recently joined the Congress, could also be a choice of the party as Mohan Lal could divide BJP votes. Though Congress leader Sohan Lal Banga who is claiming to be close to the CM Amarinder Singh is also willing, but as per present political scenario, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal IAS could be better choice for party to avoid factionalism in the Congress as Dhaliwal will enter in politics only after getting the congress ticket. Political Sources said Dhaliwal could also be acceptable to all Congressmen as he will be new face in the politics.
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