Tribune News Service
Bathinda, April 6
After the notification issued by the state government making the mayor post open for general category in Bathinda MC, senior Congress leader Jagroop Singh Gill has emerged as a frontrunner. There are high chances of the Congress relying on Gill, who has won for the seventh record time, as 2021 will be crucial for the ruling party keeping in view the Assembly elections next year.
Party sources said since it was the election year, they were looking for a mayor who could undertake the development works in the city.
Councilors are lobbying hard for the posts of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor. Names of Raman Goyal, Praveen Garg and Reena Gupta are making rounds for the post of deputy mayor under the women quota. Senior leader Ashok Pradhan, Master Harmander Singh, Sham Lal Jain and Santosh Mahant can also be considered for the senior deputy mayor’s post.
The Congress has won the Bathinda MC poll by winning 43 of the 50 wards. The result of Bathinda MC was held on February 14 and the result was announced on February 17. More than one and half months have passed, but councillors have not taken oath and elections to mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor have not been held.
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