Chandigarh’s Lok Sabha Battle Heats Up: Sanjay Tandon, Manish Tewari, and SAD’s Entry Set Stage for Triangular Contest.

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Sanjay Tandon (born 10 September 1963]) is an Indian politician in the Bhartiya Janata Party. He is currently the State president of Bhartiya Janata Party from Chandigarh. He is known for being the son of Balramji Das Tandon who renowned politician of Jan sangh and BJP. He is the BJP candidate for the 2024 Indian general election in Chandigarh.


Tandon completed his high school education from DAV Public School, Sector 8 in Chandigarh. Following which, Tandon did his B.Com (with Hons. in Accountancy) from Post Graduate Government College – 11, Chandigarh (then known as Government College for Men), Chandigarh; affiliated to  Panjab University, Chandigarh.

He is currently –

  1. A member of the Administrator’s Advisory Council, Chandigarh Administration.
  2. A member of the Standing Committee, Law & Order, Home Department, Chandigarh Administration.
  3. A member of D.A.V. Management Committee Pratinidhi Sabha


Tandon’s political career began in 1991 when he was made the in-charge of the Lok Sabha election in the Amritsar constituency for BJP. In 1993, he played the role of the election in-charge of the Lok Sabha election for the BJP from Jalandhar constituency. Tandon was made a member of the BJP Executive in Chandigarh in 1995. In 1997, he was made the in-charge of the Assembly election for BJP from the Rajpura constituency (Punjab)Tandon was made the convener of the Chartered Accounts Cell of BJP Chandigarh Again in 2002, he was made the in-charge of Assembly elections for BJP in the Rajpura constituency (Punjab)  In 2007, Tandon took over as the General Secretary of BJP Chandigarh Tandon launched the monthly magazine of the party called ‘Chandigarh Kamal Samachar’ in 2009. In the year 2009, He was made the in-charge of the Lok Sabha election when Satya Pal Jain contested from the Chandigarh seat for BJP January 2010, Tandon was selected as the State President of BJP ChandigarhTandon was reinstated as the State President of BJP Chandigarh in January 2013


Manish Tewari (born 8 December 1965) is an Indian lawyer and politician. He is a member of the Indian National Congress and represents Anandpur Sahib in the current 17th Lok Sabha. He was Minister of Information and Broadcasting from 2012 to 2014 and a Member of Parliament from Ludhiana from 2009 to 2014. He is contesting from Chandigarh in the 2024 Indian general election.


Manish Tewari was born on 8 December 1965 Ludhiana, Punjab to V.N. Tiwari, an author of Punjabi language and professor at the Panjab University; and Amrit Tewari was a dentist who worked as Professor and Head, Oral Health Sciences Center, and Dean at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research. His father was killed by militants in 1984 at Sector 24, Chandigarh during a morning walk, a few months before Operation Blue Star. His mother died in 2018 following a cardiac arrest. Tewari’s maternal grandfather, Sardar Tirath Singh was a lawyer and a minister in Congress’ government in the state of Punjab.


Tewari attained a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh and later a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi. During his time at the Panjab University, he led the sports teams in swimming and water polo.Tewari married Naznin Shifa, a Parsi in March 1996 and now resides in Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi. The couple has a daughter, Ineka Tewari


Tewari was the president of National Students Union of India from 1988 to 1993 and Indian Youth Congress(I) from 1998 to 2000. He lost the 2004 Lok sabha elections but successfully contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections by defeating Shiromani Akali Dal‘s candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib by a margin of over 100,000 votes. He was Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting. Tewari, an advocate by profession, presently practices in the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts of Delhi as well as Punjab and Haryana.

As a member of parliament he has been active in drafting a Private member’s Bill to bring the intelligence agencies under parliamentary oversight While he was scheduled to contest polls from his constituency Ludhiana, in March 2014 he was admitted to hospital for heart ailment Days later he expressed his unwillingness to contest parliamentary elections owing to his ill health. He has been replaced by Ravneet Singh Bittu, the grandson of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh

Manish Tewari was a speaker at Bridge India’s webinar on “India’s foreign policy: Taking stock at the end of Year OneIn 2022, it was reported that Tewari may be a candidate in the 2022 Indian National Congress presidential election.        

As Chandigarh gears up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the stage is set for a compelling electoral showdown between BJP’s Sanjay Tandon and Congress’s Manish Tewari, with the addition of SAD’s candidate adding further dynamism to the contest. Each candidate brings a unique set of experiences and promises, aiming to address local issues with national implications.

Sanjay Tandon, with his deep roots in local politics and a record of service in Chandigarh, is focusing on continuing the developmental initiatives started during his tenure. On the other hand, Manish Tewari, a seasoned politician with a national presence, offers extensive experience and a promise to elevate Chandigarh’s issues on a national platform, emphasizing the need for strategic development and enhanced public services

As voters weigh their options, the choice they make in this election will significantly influence the city’s future course. Whether it leads to a change in representation or continuity under experienced leadership, Chandigarh is on the brink of a critical electoral decision. The results from this triangular contest will not only decide the city’s representative in the Lok Sabha but will also reflect the local populace’s priorities and aspirations. The community watches eagerly as the candidates make their final appeals, hoping to sway the electorate in what promises to be a closely contested battle.

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