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Posted at: Dec 7, 2018, 12:51 AM; last updated: Dec 7, 2018, 12:51 AM (IST)MUNICIPAL CORPORATION ELECTIONS

Mayor aspirants ‘backed’ by Hooda, Tanwar file papers

Mayor aspirants ‘backed’ by Hooda, Tanwar file papers
Mayoral candidate Suraj Raswant (centre), ‘backed’ by state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, with his supporters in Rohtak on Thursday. Photo: Manoj Dhaka

Sunit Dhawan
Tribune News Service
Rohtak, December 6

Factionalism in the Congress have been exposed yet again with two Congress men — Sita Ram Sachdeva of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s camp and Suraj Raswant of the Ashok Tanwar group — filing their nomination papers for the post of Mayor here on Thursday.

State Congress president Tanwar, who was in the city, said the Congress was not supporting any candidate contesting the MC elections, and any leader backing certain candidates were doing so in their personal capacity.

He denied backing any candidate, though Raswant asserted that he was a staunch supporter of Tanwar and had entered the poll fray with his blessings.

“The Congress has decided not to contest the MC elections on the party symbol nor is the party supporting any candidate in these elections,” Tanwar told the media.

On Congress leaders supporting a mayoral candidate in Hisar, Tanwar said he had been told the candidate was a member of the BJP and the Congress leadership should take cognisance of the matter.

To a query, the state Congress president said party workers were enthusiastic about contesting the elections on the party symbol and, had it been so, the party would have swept the elections.

“The decision of not contesting the elections on the party symbol has caused a loss to the Congress,” he said. He, though, added the decision indicated there was democracy in the party.

He accused the BJP government of doctoring the voter lists to suit its interests. To prove his point, he claimed that in Yamunanagar district, the voter list had been prepared in such a manner that a man and his wife, living in the same house, were shown as voters in different wards.

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