Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, February 6
The most sought-after symbol in the upcoming civic body elections in Punjab is “a farmer riding a tractor”.
Given the huge support the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws is getting from the state, a large number of Independent candidates have opted for “farmer on tractor” as their poll symbol.
They are of the view that seeing a symbol where a farmer is riding a tractor, many undecided voters are likely to press that button to express their solidarity with the farmers.
In Mohali, the entire group of 28 candidates backed by former Mayor Kulwant Singh has chosen the “farmer on tractor” as its symbol, said Surinder Singh Roda, a candidate from Ward No. 3.
In Adampur, 12 candidates have opted for it. A group of Congress-backed candidates, including rebel Akali brothers Darshan Singh Karwal and Harjinder Singh Karwal, too, have taken this symbol.
Darshan Karwal said: “At least two wards in Adampur have a very high number of voters from the farming community.
We expect more support using this symbol in our campaign.”
In Hoshiarpur, 25 candidates from 50 wards have taken this symbol. Adding up candidates from Mukerian, Talwara, Tanda, Garhdiwala, Hariana, Sham Churasi, Dasuya and Garhshankar, there 53 candidates who have opted for this symbol. In Kapurthala, four candidates have taken the symbol. Independent candidates from Ward Nos. 34, 36, 37 and 39 have gone for it. In Phillaur, two communists-backed candidates and three others have taken the symbol.
‘Farmer on tractor’ most desired symbol