Polls tomorrow, a test for Badals, Sheila
The elections will witness a primarily direct tussle between the Congress-backed Sarna faction, the SAD (Delhi) and the Badal-backed SAD (Badal) under Manjit Singh. Sources said Congress MLA Tejinder Singh Marwah, who resigned as Parliamentary secretary last year, will fight elections in at least 17 wards under the banner of the Kendriya Guru Singh Sabha (KGSS).
While Sarna and Manjit Singh have floated candidates in all 46 wards, the KGSS will contest elections in 17 wards and the Shiromani Akali Dal (UK) will contest in nine wards. Sources stated the remaining candidates are independents.
Polls to the high-profile DSGMC, the most powerful Sikh body after Punjab’s Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, were announced after Supreme Court issued directions last year. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had sought to amend the Delhi Sikh Act and introduce direct elections of the DSGMC President, but to no avail.
G P Singh, director of Gurdwara Elections on Friday said campaigning ended at 5 pm and political functionaries or party workers were not allowed to leave their wards. “Police have been authorised
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