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BJP eyes no-confidence motion against Chandigarh's new Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor

Claims more councillors will join saffron party

BJP eyes no-confidence motion against Chandigarh's new Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor

Kuljit and Rajinder Sharma of the BJP file papers for Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, respectively. NITIN MITTAL



Tribune News Service

Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, February 28

Having managed to secure a sufficient number of councillors’ votes for the coming elections to the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, the BJP has now stepped up efforts to get more councillors on its side so that it can move no-confidence motion or persuade new Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor to jump the ship.

According to BJP leaders, negotiations with two councillors of the Opposition are in the final stage. They claimed a total of four councillors were in touch with leaders of the saffron party.

No-confidence motion can be passed with a two-thirds majority. If all 36 members (35 councillors and the ex-officio member, i.e. MP) are present in the House, then the BJP needs, at least, 24 votes to bring no-confidence motion. However, it has a total of 18 votes, excluding the SAD’s one vote.

According to the party leaders, by getting more councillors on its side or making some to abstain from House proceedings, the BJP can have its own candidate as Mayor. The talk of having Dhalor on its side was also doing the rounds in BJP circles. “He will have to choose between completing his full tenure by joining the BJP or facing removal through no-confidence motion,” shared a BJP leader.

The Congress councillors can also play a crucial role in this scenario. If certain Congress councillors are unhappy with the Mayor or are wooed by the BJP, they may abstain or support no-confidence motion, the BJP believes.

After losing the post of Mayor, the BJP managed to get three AAP councillors on its side. Now, it has 18 votes, including the MP’s vote, against INDIA bloc’s 17 votes. The SAD, which had voted for the BJP last time, is undecided yet for the March 4 polls. Meanwhile, city BJP president Jitender Pal Malhotra said right now, they were focussing on the March 4 elections.

Both parties to go with same candidates

The BJP as well as the Congress, which is fighting the polls in alliance with AAP, have not changed their candidates. Kuljit Singh and Rajinder Sharma, from the BJP, and Gurpreet Singh Gabi and Nirmala Devi, from the Congress, filed nominations.

BJP shifts councillors

After nominations, the BJP took its councillors to Pinjore. However, three AAP councillors, who recently joined the BJP, are staying at some other place. AAP and the Congress have not moved their councillors.

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