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Mayoral elections to be held on January 5

With the UT deputy commissioner finally taking a decision on a representation forwarded to him seeking change in the date of the mayoral elections by the local MP Kirron Kher, the polls for the post of the city mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor will now be held on January 5.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 09, 2014 09:44 IST
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With the UT deputy commissioner finally taking a decision on a representation forwarded to him seeking change in the date of the mayoral elections by the local MP Kirron Kher, the polls for the post of the city mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor will now be held on January 5.

According to the Congress councillors, the change of date of elections was asked by the MP as she does not want to be disturbed during her New Year celebrations on January 1.

Over a month ago, the councillors had demanded that the elections should be advanced from January 1 to December 23. As a normal practice, for the past 15 years, the elections are held on January 1.

The MP-cum-Bollywood actor had sought early mayoral polls, stating that the last week of December is a vacation period. The councillors get busy in the elections and are not able to spend time with their families.

She had stated that this is the time when residents celebrate New Year and during the first five years of the corporation, since formation, the elections were held on December 23.

DC Mohammed Shayin said, “After considering the representation, we have decided to hold the mayoral polls on January 5.”

Even though BJP councillors wanted to advance the elections, the Congress demanded that polls should be postponed as early elections would mean curtailing the term of present mayor.

Of 34 councillors in the MC House, 16 elected and one nominated councillor had given a representation to the UT deputy commissioner to advance the elections from January 1 to December 23. They had stated that from 1996 to 2001, the elections were held in December. Now, also practice of holding elections in December can be followed.

Former mayor Subhash Chawla said, “It is very sad that the UT administration has surrendered before the MP and changed the date. It seems that the administration is hand in gloves with the BJP to ensure their win. We can assure that the BJP’s dream of winning the mayoral elections will never come true. Everybody knows that she is busy with New Year party in Mumbai. Why she contested the polls if she does not have any time for the city?”