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BJP’s Asha is city Mayor

Gupta, Dubey elected Sr Dy Mayor, Dy Mayor unopposed

The number game

  • The MC has a strength of 36 members — 26 elected councillors, nine nominated and the MP.
  • The BJP-SAD combine has 21 members in the House, the Congress four while one councillor is an Independent.
  • There are nine nominated councillors while MP Kirron Kher, who is an ex officio member of the House, also has a vote.

A first

  • It was for the first time in the history of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation that the Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor were elected unopposed.

Applause for Kher

  • When MP Kirron Kher stood up to cast her vote in the mayoral poll, there was a round of applause for her from the visitors’ gallery, where BJP leaders were sitting.
BJP’s Asha is city Mayor
MP Kirron Kher hugs newly elected Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal. City BJP president Sanjay Tandon, Senior Deputy Mayor Rajesh Kumar Gupta (right) and Deputy Mayor Anil Dubey (left) are also seen. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 12

The BJP grabbed all three positions in the mayoral elections held here today.

BJP candidate Asha Kumari Jaswal was elected Mayor, Rajesh Kumar Gupta Senior Deputy Mayor and Anil Dubey Deputy Mayor.

Jaswal defeated Congress candidate Gurbax Rawat by 27 votes. Jaswal polled 31 votes while Rawat got four. There were a total of 36 votes. Independent councillor Dalip Sharma, who was present in the House, did not cast his vote.

The Senior Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Mayor were elected unopposed.

Congress candidate Sheela Phool Singh withdrew her candidature for the post of Senior Deputy Mayor and Rajesh Kumar Gupta of the BJP was elected to the post unopposed.

This will be Gupta’s second consecutive term as Senior Deputy Mayor.

Similarly, Congress candidate for the post of Deputy Mayor Ravinder Kaur Gujral withdrew her candidature and BJP candidate Anil Dubey was elected to the post unopposed.


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