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Chandigarh: Repolls for posts of Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor likely to be put off

Mayor expresses inability to attend House meeting

Chandigarh: Repolls for posts of Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor likely to be put off

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 26

In another twist to the ongoing MC politics, repolling for the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, which is scheduled for 10 am tomorrow, is likely to be postponed, as the Mayor has expressed his inability to attend the House meeting.

“My sister is unwell, so I could not assume charge today, and will not be able to be present in the MC House on Tuesday for the polling,” said Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor while talking to Chandigarh Tribune. The Mayor is the presiding officer for the elections to the two posts.

This development is similar to what happened last month when then presiding officer Anil Masih reported sick on the day of mayoral polls on January 18. Consequently, the polls were postponed.

Earlier in the morning, Dhalor, who has been declared winner of the January 30 election to the Mayor’s post by the Supreme Court, did not assume charge despite an announcement for the same a day earlier. Later in the day, the Congress moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court requesting the court to delay the polls as the Mayor had not assumed charge yet. The court will hear the case tomorrow.

“So far, we have not received anything in writing with regard to postponing the date,” said MC secretary Shambhu Rathee, adding that the scheduled polls would not be held in case the Mayor failed to turn up for the House meeting tomorrow.

“MP Sandeep Pathak is scheduled to be in Chandigarh on Tuesday, following which we will take the next call,” said an AAP leader.

A BJP leader said, “It is AAP’s strategy to delay the polls so that voting numbers, which are now in favour of the BJP, could be impacted. They used to accuse us of being unethical. Are not they unethical now?”

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