Cong, BJP finish tight in Chandigarh civic polls

Both the ruling Congress and main opposition BJP finished close to each other in the elections to 26 wards of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, results of which were declared here on Monday.

Chandigarh: Both the ruling Congress and
main opposition BJP finished close to each other in the
elections to 26 wards of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation,
results of which were declared here on Monday.

This puts the onus on nominated councillors to elect the
new mayor.

The final tally of the parties in the 26-member elected
civic body are Congress-11, BJP-10, its ally Shiromani Akali
Dal (SAD) two, BSP two and one independent, election officer
Tarsem Singh said.

The election to the city civic body, touted to be the
main contest between Congress and BJP-SAD alliance, took place
on December 17.

The corporation had a total strength of 36 members,
including 26 elected councillors, nine nominated councillors
and one MP.

The party, which is going to have majority in the civic
body, will now depend upon the nominated councillors. However,
the sources said that most of the councillors are believed to
be close to Chandigarh MP and senior Congress leader Pawan
Kumar Bansal.

Prominent heavyweight names from both the parties who are
among the losers included former Mayors and sitting
councillors Anu Chattrath and Kamlesh(Congress), Ram Lal, Anil
Dubey and Raj Kumar Mishra (BJP).

The new faces that will be in the corporation are Hira
Negi (BJP), Aisha Jaiswal (BJP), Raj Bala Mallik (Cong), Laxmi
Devi (BJP), Sanjeev Babbar (BSP), Jannat Jahan (BSP), Malkiat
Singh (SAD) and Gurbax Rawat (Cong).

PTI

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