The blame game in the BJP has triggered off a war for credit within the Congress. The credit game assumes significance as the Congress local unit president is to be appointed within a week.
Even though the Congress had only nine councillors in the MC House, it managed to get 17 votes required for the mayor’s post, a simple majority among 33 councillors who voted. They also worked on ensuring votes from nominated councillors and their united stand perhaps was of some comfort to the nominated colleagues.
A four-member panel comprising names of Pawan Sharma, Ravinder Pal Singh, Pardeep Chhabra, and Harmohinder Singh Lucky for the post of the party’s city president has already been forwarded to the senior party leadership in Delhi.
A section of the party claimed that Congress councillor Poonam Sharma managed to become the mayor only because of the efforts of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president BB Bahl and his team.
A senior Congress leader on the condition of anonymity said, “Bahl, who is 82, is actively putting in efforts for the party. He is the actual kingmaker.”
On the other hand, a section believed that it was just the hard work of former MP Pawan Bansal that delivered fruitful results.
Another Congress leader said, “Bansal is the real face of the Congress in the city. It is just his goodwill and interaction with the nominated councillors that resulted in positive results.”
Sources in the Congress said initially, nominated councillors were not in the favour of the Congress as they said they were only given importance prior to elections. But the senior leadership worked towards getting votes and also claimed that they also got one vote of the BJP.
The sources added that party councillors Subhash Chawla, Pardeep Chhabra, Mukesh Bassi were also instrumental in getting the right permutations and combinations.
Meanwhile, another section of the Congress claimed that it was former mayor Ravinder Pal Singh and HS Lucky who played an important role in the victory.
CTCC president BB Bahl said, “My devotion to the party yielded positive results in the mayoral polls. Party workers and councillors had put in efforts which could be seen clearly.”