In a serious setback to INDIA bloc’s Congress-AAP alliance, the civic physique ruling BJP on Tuesday retained the Chandigarh mayoral seat for the ninth time in a row by profitable the put up with simply 4 votes.
The AAP-Congress alliance misplaced the seat regardless of having most councillors.
Congress and AAP councillors accused the presiding officer of rigging and never following the due electoral course of. The mayoral ballot row has reached the excessive court docket once more and the listening to is prone to happen on Wednesday.
Eight out of 36 votes have been declared invalid by presiding authority Anil Masih, a nominated councilor, with no voting proper. The BJP obtained 16 votes, whereas the AAP-Congress alliance had 12 votes regardless of they’d 20 councillors.
BJP’s Manoj Sonkar defeated AAP’s Kuldeep Tita, the candidate of the AAP-Congress mix.
After the mayor’s election, each the Congress and AAP boycotted the elections of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayour. BJP’s Kuljeet Singh and Rajinder Sharma gained the put up of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, respectively.
In a 35-member home of the Municipal Corporation, the BJP 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 within the House.
The ruckus erupted after the BJP mayor was elected.
All 36 votes have been polled, comprising the vote of native MP Kirron Kher, who was the primary to solid a vote.
Responding to the victory, BJP nationwide President J.P. Nadda in a put up on X mentioned, “That the INDI Alliance fought their first electoral battle and still lost to BJP shows that neither their arithmetic is working nor their chemistry.”
AAP MP Raghav Chadha informed the media right here, “Whatever we saw during the Chandigarh mayor election is not only unconstitutional but also treason…The illegality that we saw in the Chandigarh mayor election can only be called treason.”
He demanded that the presiding authority must be booked for electoral fraud and demanded a High Court monitored reelection.
“This shows the BJP for a mayor election can use all illegal tactics which would they do during the Lok Sabha elections seeing their loss. Does the BJP want to make this country North Korea?” Chadha, who was accompanying senior Congress chief Pawan Bansal, informed the media.
AAP nationwide Convenor Arvind Kejriwal termed the outcomes as dishonesty. “The manner in which dishonesty has been done in broad daylight in the Chandigarh mayor election is very worrying. If these people can stoop so low in a mayor election, then they can go to any extent in the elections of the country. This is very worrying, ” he mentioned in a put up on X.
Congress’ former MP and Union minister Bansal mentioned for the primary time within the Chandigarh mayor elections eight out of the 36 votes have been declared invalid, which suggests 25 per cent votes have been declared invalid.
“The Congress and AAP alliance had to get 20 votes. We got 12 votes and eight were declared invalid. Not a single vote of the BJP was declared invalid, ” he questioned.
Bansal mentioned Congress and AAP brokers weren’t given entry to the poll paper. “The presiding officer, who I would say is a shallow person, had been given one clear instruction to declare the BJP candidate as the winner.”
The election, initially scheduled on January 18, was postponed to February 6 after the presiding officer fell in poor health. After Opposition councillors moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court over the postponement, the court docket directed that the polls be held on January 30.
In January 2023, 29 votes have been polled during which Anup Gupta of the BJP gained the mayor election defeating Aam Aadmi Party’s Jasbir Singh Laddi by just one vote. Gupta obtained 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 resulting from varied causes.