The SAS Nagar Municipal Corporation will get its first mayor on August 18. MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said on Thursday that the mayoral elections would be held on August 18 at 11am. The councillors would elect the mayor by raising their hands. "We will issue notices for meeting to councillors on Friday," he said.
The mayoral elections are being conducted six months after the results of the first elections to the SAS Nagar MC were declared on February 26. The SAD-BJP alliance has 23 members, Congress 14 and independents 13 in the 50-member House. Though the Punjab and Haryana high court had put a stay on the mayor's election, the elections for the posts of senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor have also not been held as yet.
The SAD-BJP alliance, which has 23 councillors, needs three more votes to reach the magical figure of 26. Kulwant Singh, who is leading the Azad group having 10 independent councillors, claims to be the frontrunner for the top post. However, he is yet to open his cards either to go with the Congress or the SAD-BJP alliance.
The Congress, which has 15 members, including the vote of local Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, has decided to support the Azad group and has even offered Kulwant the mayor's post. However, Kulwant has not responded to the offer so far.
The decision to conduct the mayoral polls was taken after the Punjab and Haryana high court upheld the single-judge order against reservation to women candidates for the top post and directed the state government to hold the elections within 15 days.