For the first time women will be presiding over the municipal councils in both Kharar and Kurali. In the polls held on Monday Anju Chander, 44, of SAD, who pulled off a resounding win in Kharar’s ward no 16 by securing 23 of the 27 votes, was elected president of the town’s civic body while Krishna Devi, 58, also of SAD, was unanimously elected to the same office in Kurali after winning in ward no 7 of that town.
In Kharar, which has 27 wards, 15 of the councillors now belong to the SAD-BJP alliance with the rest being independents.
Darshan Shivjot of SAD, who won in ward no 3, was elected senior vice president after he got 13 votes, while Harinder Singh Jolly of the BJP, who won in ward no 11 by netting 13 votes, was elected junior vice president.
Meanwhile, SDM Sukhjeet Pal Singh administered the oath to the 17 new councillors of the Kurali civic body, seven of whom belong to the SAD-BJP alliance with the others being independents. Gaurav Gupta who won in ward no 10 was elected vice president. Chander said early completion all stalled civic projects in the town would be on top of her priority list. “The town’s chaotic traffic has become a major problem and I’ll do my best to resolve it,” she added.
On her part, Devi said she would fulfill all the promises she I made during her campaign. “Providing basic amenities to residents, ending the stray dog and cattle menace, getting defunct streetlights to function again, ensuring adequate water supply – all these will be priorities for my town,” she added.