The Hush Post | 7:56 pm | Two-minute read
Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari too has jumped into the fray for a Congress ticket from Chandigarh. The former union minister on Sunday formally staked claim to the party ticket from the UT for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Tewari’s move comes two days after former Punjab minister Navjot Kaur Sidhu sought the party ticket from Chandigarh. Besides Tewari and Sidhu, former Railways minister Pawan Bansal too is vying for a party ticket from Chandigarh. Eventually, Chandigarh has turned into a high-stake battle for the Congress ahead of the LS polls.
In a letter to Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president Pradeep Chhabra, Tewari wrote, “I am interested in contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh.”
Navjot Kaur Sidhu had staked claim for the party ticket from Chandigarh on Friday. Reacting to Navjot Kaur’s move, Pawan Bansal had reacted by saying that he had given 40 years to the party and faced water cannons during protests.
BJP’s Kirron Kher is presently the MP from Chandigarh. She also took a dig at Navjot Kaur by saying that the latter should focus on Amritsar.
“Kindly consider my candidature at the level of CTCC and the Pradesh Election Committee and also forward it to the AICC/screening Committee/Central Election Committee and the Congress President for appropriate consideration,” said Tewari in his letter.
Manish Tewari has been a Lok Sabha MP from Ludhiana and has been reportedly planning to contest from Chandigarh from a long time.