BJP seeks se­crecy of bal­lot, fair­ness in poll

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CHANDIGARH: The BJP coun­cil­lors have urged the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer for the may­oral elec­tions to en­sure se­crecy of bal­lot and fair­ness in the elec­tions. In a rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, the coun­cil­lors have stated that mo­bile phones/cam­eras should be strictly pro­hib­ited within the premises of polling booth at the time of elec­tions and the same should be strictly en­sured. The en­clo­sure in which the vote is cast should be re­duced to such height so that the vot­ers should be vis­i­ble and se­crecy of vote is main­tained as man­dated in the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Peo­ple’s Act.

May­oral can­di­date of the SAD-BJP com­bine, Arun Sood said the rep­re­sen­ta­tion is be­ing made in view of the past ex­pe­ri­ences of sim­i­lar elec­tions wherein ques­tions were raised with re­spect to se­crecy of bal­lot and fair­ness of elec­tions.

On other hand, sens­ing rift among Congress coun­cil­lors, union min­is­ter Pawan Ku­mar

As far as the votes of nom­i­nated

coun­cil­lors are con­cerned, we are go­ing by the merit of

can­di­dates SURINDER BAHGA

nom­i­nated coun­cil­lor

Bansal on Satur­day had a meet­ing with all the party coun­cil­lors at Congress Bhawan, Sec­tor 35, and urged them to show unity for the may­oral elec­tions.

Congress coun­cil­lor Satish Kainth, who is con­test­ing for the post of deputy mayor, said: “We do not know why BJP can­di­dates are seek­ing votes of nom­i­nated coun­cil­lors when they even went to court against their vot­ing rights. We, in the House, even ap­proved their ward devel­op­ment fund of Rs 1 crore, equiv­a­lent to elected coun­cil­lors.”

Nom­i­nated coun­cil­lor Surinder Bahga, how­ever, said: “As far as votes of nom­i­nated coun­cil­lors are con­cerned, we are go­ing by merit of can­di­dates. We do not want to be branded as sup­port­ers of the Congress or BJP.”

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