Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor from ward number 8, Paramjit Singh Makkar, who is also the president of the SAD Rupnagar district (urban), was elected president of the Rupnagar MC on Monday.
BJP councillor Parveen Chhatwal from ward number 16, wife of former municipal council president Inder Sain Chhatwal, was elected senior vice-president, while SAD municipal councillor from ward number 7, Harjit Kaur, was elected junior vice-president.
The election was held by the Rupnagar tehsildar RS Bal who was also the convener. All the 21 newly-elected councillors and Punjab education minister and local member legislative assembly (MLA) Daljit Singh Cheema attended the meeting.
It may be mentioned that SAD-BJP alliance had won 13 seats during the recently-held elections to the Rupnagar municipal council, out of which SAD won nine seats, while BJP secured four seats. However, for the elections to the post of president, the three municipal councillors, five independent councillors and two independent councillors joined hands against SAD candidate Paramjit Singh Makkar.
During the meeting, Congress councillor Ashok Wahi demanded the elections through secret ballot, which was rejected and elections were held with show of hands. Bawa Singh of SAD proposed the name of Makkar, which was seconded by SAD councillors Gurmukh Singh Saini and Harjit Kaur.
Total 12 members, including 11 councillors, and Daljit Singh Cheema raised their hands in support of proposal. The councillors who supported the proposal also included SAD rebel councillor Jaswinder Kaur Shelly and BJP councillor Parveen Chhatwal. On the other hand, on behalf of the rival group, Congress’ Ashok Wahi proposed the name of Amarjit Singh Jolly, which was supported by 10 councillors. However, Paramjit Singh Makkar was elected president. Earlier, both the SAD and rival camps tried their best to woo councillors to their side. However in the end, SAD managed to bag the post.
Three BJP councillors, who belonged to the minister Madan Mohan Mittal camp, opposed Makkar’s candidature and virtually broke the alliance.
Master Jagan Nath Bhandari of Aam Jan Morcha was elected president of Nurpur Bedi nagar panchayat, while Veena Kumari of the same party was elected vice-president.
The Aam Jan Morcha, which had spearheaded the agitation against nagar panchayat status to Nurpur Bedi, had won nine out of 11 seats in the recently-held municipal council elections.
While one seat each was won by SAD and BJP. Meanwhile, the meeting of the new house of nagar panchayat had been convened on March 12 in which a resolution will be passed for revoking the nagar panchayat status to Nurpur Bedi.
BJP councillor from ward number 14, Ashok Kumar Puri, was elected president of the MC Nangal during the polls held in Nangal on Monday. SAD councillor Aarti Mattu was elected senior vice-president, while congress councillor Anita Sharma was elected junior vice-president.
In Morinda and Chamkaur Sahib, the polls were postponed as the conveners went on sudden ‘leave’.