In a day of fluid political developments in the municipal corporation House on Thursday, the newly-elected president of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC), Pardeep Chhabra, suspended deputy mayor Satish Kainth, who joined the BJP in evening. Kainth had filed nomination for membership of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) against the party’s official candidate, Subhash Chawla, on January 19.
Kainth’s nomination had increased the number of aspirants to six for the five-member panel, necessitating an election on January 23 (Friday).
However, with Kainth joining the BJP at the Punjab party office in Sector-37 in the presence of Chandigarh party chief Sanjay Tandon, the BJP has decided to drop the name of one of its previous nominees, Asha Jaswal, obviating the need for an election. Interestingly, city BJP MP Kirron Kher was not invited to the joining function.
“I am elated at joining the BJP. I was feeling suffocated in the party, which has become a one-man show of Pawan Bansal. Workers are not respected and are exploited. The new CTCC chief Pardeep Chhabra is involved in many illegalities and I will expose him,” Kainth said.
The BJP now has 15 councillors in the 35-member House and the Congress is left with eight.
The decision to suspend Kainth, taken in a meeting chaired by Chhabra and attended by all councillors and former railway minister Pawan Bansal, was unanimous.