AAP-Congress alliance has suffered a major setback in the Chandigarh Mayor elections. BJP candidate Manoj Kumar has won this election. This result, which came before the Lok Sabha elections, is being considered as a blow to the India alliance.
Manoj Kumar got 16 votes in this election. Whereas AAP candidate Kuldeep Kumar secured 12 votes. Eight votes were cancelled. Initially, voting was held for the post of Mayor and now after counting of votes, elections will be held for the posts of Senior Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
In view of the Mayor elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress had formed an alliance. Under the agreement, AAP fielded candidates for the post of Mayor, while Congress fielded its candidates for the posts of Deputy Mayor and Senior Mayor.
Voting for the Chandigarh Mayor election was scheduled to take place on January 18, but after the presiding officer fell ill, the Chandigarh administration postponed it till February 6. Aam Aadmi Party filed a petition against this in the High Court. Councilors of Congress and AAP had protested against the administration’s order to postpone the elections.
What is the equation of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation?
BJP has 14 councilors in Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and with the addition of one MP’s vote, it becomes 15 votes. Whereas INDIA block has a total of 20 votes including 13 councilors of Aam Aadmi Party and 7 councilors of Congress. A councilor of Shiromani Akali Dal has announced to stay with NOTA. The number of councilors of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is 35. By adding one vote of the MP, the total number of votes becomes 36.
AAP and BJP contest for mayor
In this election, BJP’s Manoj Sonkar is the candidate for the mayor seat, while Aam Aadmi Party has made Kuldeep Kumar its candidate. Apart from this, AAP will not field candidates for both the Deputy Mayor posts. Gurpreet Singh Gabi and Nirmala Dev will be candidates from Congress for Deputy Mayor, while Kuljeet Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma will contest from BJP.
Chandigarh Mayor’s election will be held under tight security
There is also a possibility of chaos in the elections due to cross voting and cancellation of votes. Elections are to be held amid tight security. Chandigarh Police has imposed Section 144 around the Municipal Corporation premises. About 800 policemen along with paramilitary forces have been deployed in the corporation premises. Apart from this, three level barricading has been done. The High Court has issued instructions to the Chandigarh administration to ensure that no councilor is allowed to bring along his supporters or any security personnel on the election day.