Chandigarh- High drama continued on Wednesday over the annual election for the highest publish of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, slated on Thursday, because the Congress candidate for the mayoral publish “is still in the fray” towards his AAP rival regardless of an alliance between the 2 events.
Also within the race is the BJP which guidelines the civic physique.
The Congress had stitched an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party beneath which it might help the AAP for the Mayor’s publish, whereas the AAP would help it for the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
Tensions prevailed on Tuesday as scuffles broke out between employees of the BJP and the Congress-AAP alliance when Congress Councillor Jasbir Singh Bunty arrived to withdraw his nomination papers for the mayoral publish.
Amidst the commotion, Bunty’s father claimed that his son had been kidnapped and demanded his launch.
City Congress President Harmohinder Singh Lucky on Wednesday, nonetheless, dismissed the allegations towards AAP of abducting their mayoral candidate, saying the BJP is making such claims due to its impending defeat within the upcoming elections.
He stated the Congress had withdrawn the nomination of mayoral candidature by Bunty twice and if wanted, they’d do it on polling day additionally.
“The party withdrew its nomination after it was decided Kuldeep Dhalor Tita of AAP will be mayor candidate under INDIA bloc, ” he stated, including: “The BJP is killing democracy. They suppose they are going to lose as a result of they’ve 15 votes and we, the APP-Congress alliance, have 20 votes. They know the alliance will win all three posts of Mayor, Senior Deputy Mayor, and Deputy Mayor.”
In the 35-member home of the Municipal Corporation, the BJP, which is ruling, has 14 councillors, with one other vote of member of Parliament and ex-officio member Kirron Kher. The AAP has 13 councillors, whereas the Congress holds seven. The Shiromani Akali Dal has one councillor.
The AAP has referred to as the mayoral election the “first fight of INDIA alliance against the BJP” and a “curtain raiser” for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Ahead of the mayor election, AAP MP Raghav Chadha and senior Congress chief and former Union Minister Pawan Bansal met in Chandigarh.
In January final yr, 29 votes had been polled of which Anup Gupta of the BJP gained the mayor election defeating Aam Aadmi Party’s Jasbir Singh Laddi by just one vote. Gupta acquired 15, whereas Singh secured 14.
The Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal abstained from the voting. In 2022 too the BJP candidate had gained from only one vote after a vote was declared invalid on account of numerous causes.
Elections for the three posts are held yearly in the course of the five-year time period of the House. This time, the M ayor shall be elected for the third time period and the seat is reserved for the Scheduled Caste class.