Millennium Post (Kolkata)

BJP wins senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor posts in Chandigarh Municipal Corporatio­n

- OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

The BJP on Monday won the re-election for the posts of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporatio­n, defeating the Congress candidates who were backed by the AAP as part of the Opposition’s INDIA bloc.

On February 20, the Supreme Court had declared Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Kuldeep Kumar as the new mayor of the corporatio­n after it overturned the result of the January 30 mayoral poll, in which BJP candidate Manoj Sonkar had emerged the winner.

Its judgment had come on

allegation­s of tampering with ballots during the January mayoral polls.

As the mayor is the presiding officer for the elections to the posts of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, the polls were held again on Mon

day after the change in the mayoral post following the court’s judgment.

In the 35-member municipal corporatio­n, the BJP’s strength increased from 14 to 17 after three AAP councillor­s switched over to it on February 19. This tilted the scales in the saffron party’s favour.

For the post of senior deputy mayor, BJP’s Kuljeet Sandhu defeated Congress’ Gurpreet Gabi. While Sandhu polled 19 votes, Gabi got 16, and one vote was declared invalid.

Rajinder Sharma of the BJP defeated Congress’ Nirmala Devi to win the deputy mayor’s post. The winning candidate secured 19 votes of the total 36 polled.

The AAP has 10 members while the Congress has seven. The Shiromani Akali Dal has one councillor. Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher, who is a BJP member, also has voting rights as an ex-officio member of the corporatio­n.

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