Chandigarh Municipal Corporation re-election: BJP's Kuljit Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma win posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor : The Tribune India

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Chandigarh Municipal Corporation re-election: BJP's Kuljit Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma win posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Sandhu gets 19 votes, INDIA bloc 16 and one vote is declared invalid; while Rajinder Sharma secures 19 votes, Opposition candidate gets 17

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation re-election: BJP's Kuljit Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma win posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor

The newly appointed Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor is the presiding authority to convene the polls. Representative image/File photo



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 4

BJP's Kuljit Singh Sandhu and Rajinder Sharma won the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor by defeating Congress-AAP candidates Gurpreet Singh Gabi and Nirmala Devi, respectively, in the re-election in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation here on Monday.  

Sandhu secured 19 votes and Congress' Gurpreet Gabi 16 while one vote was declared invalid.

For Deputy Mayor's post, Rajinder Sharma emerged winner by securing 19 votes, while INDIA bloc candidate Nirmala Devi got 17 votes.

The results were announced by newly appointed Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor, who was the presiding authority to convene the poll.

In the 35-member municipal House, the BJP has 17 councillors. The number of BJP's strength increased from 14 to 17 after three AAP councillors switched over to it on February 19. The AAP has 10 members while the Congress has seven. The Shiromani Akali Dal has one councillor.

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher, who is a BJP member, has voting rights as an ex-officio member of the corporation.

Earlier, the polling for the posts of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation started at 10 am on Monday here.

The elections to the two posts were earlier scheduled to be held on February 27, but a day before the elections, Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor (from AAP) had stated that he could not be present in the House as presiding officer because he was out of station to see his ailing sister. Subsequently, the court had stayed the polls and ordered that the elections be held on March 4.

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