Finally, the key to give SAS Nagar its first-ever mayor has passed on to a group of 13 Independents — 11 of them owing allegiance to the former SAD leader and realty baron Kulwant Singh — after the election results for the city’s first-ever elected 50-member corporation were announced on Thursday. The House has to elect a mayor within 15 days.
The SAD-BJP, plagued by rebellion, all through the election campaign, won 22 of the 50 seats, but still needs the support of four other members. The Congress at 14 seats is just one more than the Independents. The results of 49 wards have been officially declared.
Half the winners are first timers
The result of ward number 47 has not been made public yet as SAD candidate Sukhdev Singh Patwari had approached the Punjab and Haryana high court after his candidature was rejected and was then allowed to contest by the court. The result of this ward will be opened on Friday in a sealed cover in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Sources claim that Patwari has won from the ward.
SAD-BJP alliance relying on independents for mayor’s poll
In all, 190 candidates were in the fray and 27 of the 50 councillors are first-timers.
No sooner were the results declared, the SAD-BJP and the Congress started planning on how to get the Independents to their side. Sources said most Independents had already been sent feelers by both the parties.
Members of the Kulwant Singh’s group, who contested as Independents have won 11 seats and claim to have stitched up the support of two other Independents as well. firstname.lastname@example.org